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Saturday, April 19, 2014





emoticon Yesterday I hiked down to the creek that runs behind our house in the greenbelt. I went in search of food to eat. I could just imagine the great finds out back there. Sometimes the best things in life are free. As I hiked in my Birkenstocks, I came across some Clevers growing at the base of a giant oak tree. I clapped my hands and squealed. What a find ! Cleavers normally is hard to find close by. emoticon







emoticon Cleavers also known as Bedstraw is a herb known for many healing properties. It is a wonderful lymphatic cleanser. One year when I was in college sitting all day at a desk, the lymph nodes in my legs and arms swelled up. I went to the Dr. but there was nothing they could do. At the health food store I was sold the herb Cleavers known for fixing such issues. I took it and it worked. Isn't it amazing at what Mother Nature can do that Dr.s cannot do? Cleavers is also know as a powerful diuretic, helping the body to pass extra fluids from the body. It has been used to treat urinary infections and kidney stones. It has been said to naturally lower blood pressure. An infusion of Cleavers is supposed to help hair to grow stronger. Cleavers can be cut up and eaten in salads, but I don't know how it would taste with the tiny hairs on the leaves. Most folks cook it. It is also know to help fight against cancer. When I saw the Cleavers, I just knew I had to pick some for my juice.








emoticon Next I came across a large patch of Plantain greens. Earlier this week I harvested a clump which I juiced. It made lots of juice which hubby and I consumed. Plantain in some writings has been tested to fight against cancer and other diseases. It has a reputation for decreasing allergy and asthma symptoms. (I can't wait to see if it has an effect.) If you juice it be aware it makes you pee. If your out hiking and scrape your skin it helps to heal wounds. It's good for the liver. It's an anti-inflammatory, helps to treat parasites, lower cholesterol levels, and has numerous other healing effects. If you eat it or juice it start off with a small dose and build your tolerance. Dried and powdered leaves are sold online. But you can find it gowning in many places as it is reported to be the most common herb in America. Plantain is going in my juice today. emoticon







Should you decide to wild-harvest plants from your hikes, clean them well. I fill my sink with cool water, add some produce cleaner and let them soak for an hour. As I wash I pick through the leaves with care to make sure I don't have anything I don't recognize. Always make sure you know what you are harvesting. Once they are clean I wrap them up in a towel and store in the refrigerator. A nice size store bag last me a few days in the fridge. Check online or in books to properly identify your free weeds. Wild Harvested greens are said to have a higher nutritional values than traditionally grown greens. They have roots that go deep seeking minerals. They bring them up to the surface where they can use them for growing. When we eat them we are ingesting extra nutrition, experts say. Besides that each plant has different medicinal effects. Always do your research before eating your greens.







If you want to learn more the book stores have great books on the subject. Youtube has many wonderful videos. Search under foraging to learn how to wild harvest plants that grow around you. emoticon Look out for ticks. If you get bit by mosquito as I did, rub the plantain leaf on the bite. It's good for healing bites. I felt satisfied as I hiked back to the house. On my shoulder was a bag of greens all for free. I SCORED !!! emoticon Nothing like SPIKING green juices with wild herbs.







emoticon What have you picked from the wild lately?
Happy Easter everyone.
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GRLTAZ 4/22/2014 12:54PM

    Ya ! What a wonderful find.

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CHERIJ16 4/21/2014 10:33AM

    When I was growing up in Michigan my parents and I often took rides around the countryside. We would find morel mushrooms, wild asparagus, and dandelion stems. It was great family time and we got our exercise.

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DESERTDREAMERS 4/20/2014 11:15PM

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/20/2014 11:27AM

    Beautiful blog! Happy Easter! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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WALNUTT1961 4/20/2014 9:44AM

   
Thanks for the information, as always! Blessings to you and your family.

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/20/2014 7:25AM

    I agree with CATIATM--I am learning so much from you. Your working knowledge of the natural world around you simply astounds me.

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CATIATM 4/20/2014 5:19AM

    I'm so impressed with your extensive knowledge about natural eating. I'm learning so much from you!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 4/20/2014 12:27AM

    Congrats on your find! :) I'm going to start learning about herbs and stuff too :)

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BETRHO48 4/20/2014 12:26AM

    emoticon Beautiful blog.
Nicely written and illustrated.

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ARTJAC 4/19/2014 11:49PM

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TEXASFILLY 4/19/2014 11:12PM

    Isn't Mother Nature wonderful! So happy to hear about your new discoveries. Do you use aloe? Mother always grew a big container of aloe for our skinned knees as kids. We always had wild garlic and onions that we used to gather as children. Keep up your AWE~some journey~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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BKNOCK 4/19/2014 10:39PM

    Wow, very interesting!

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/19/2014 10:14PM

    The narrow leaf plantain (or plantago) is excellent as a tea or tincture for respiratory problems. The rounder broadleaf plantago is preferred for skin irritations and though they can each be substituted for the other, if you have both available, you can choose the best one for your intended use.

I have tried cooking cleavers, but warn you to strip the leaves from the stem. LOL! I didn't and the results were hysterical! They were so woody! LOL! Cleavers are full of Vitamin C and the pioneers welcomed them in the spring as one of the first of the fresh greens.



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MERRYMARY42 4/19/2014 8:16PM

    thanks, love to read your blogs, you sounds very educated on herbs and wild greens, that is great, and I know how important it is to know what you are doing, easy to pick the wrong thing.

Happy Easter and keep juicing, I have not attempted it yet, but know it is a healthy thing to do

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LINOVER 4/19/2014 7:11PM

    Happy Easter! emoticon Thanks for sharing this information! I have never heard of cleavers! I will have to do some more research on this one!

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4RASCALS 4/19/2014 6:05PM

    Happy Easter, and emoticon on your find.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/19/2014 5:36PM

    Congrats on your finds.

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MEMKEEPR 4/19/2014 4:44PM

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your knowledge. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/19/2014 3:56PM

    emoticon emoticon for some great information.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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GORDON66 4/19/2014 2:56PM

  When they were kittens, my kitties were picked from the wild.

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/19/2014 2:49PM

    I love your blog! You are amazing! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Easter!
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SUSIEMT 4/19/2014 2:46PM

    I haven't picked anything from the wild yet unless it was dandelions which from reading one of your recent blogs are very nutritious. And I thought they were weeds. Now I know for sure when they say God doesn't make junk they mean it. I always learn so much from your blogs! Thank you!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 4/19/2014 1:58PM

    Thank you, now I will have that song in my head all day. LOL at least it a happy tune. Hope you have a Happy Easter.

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STARLITNIGHT 4/19/2014 1:02PM

    Score! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/19/2014 12:36PM

    How awesome!

Happy Easter!

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