On some medicinal^
ghost pipe medicinal
Monotropa uniflora, also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant is a herbaceous perennial plant, formerly classified in the family Monotropaceae, but now included within the Ericaceae.
Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult.
Grow food in shopping carts
Whats growing at California state fair growingyourgreens.com
example^ some peat around the outside for drainage or straw and cardboard and some compost and/or good soil. You can even move it if it gets too much sun or needs more.
This is in bloom here right now.
"Enhance the metabolic function of the skin and nourish the hair at its roots
Adjust the endocrine system in the human body, improve constitution, and raise the immunity power of the organs
Improve the organic stamina for high efficiency and quick pace
Protect the cardiovascular system by improving the heart, blood, and the blood vessels. (Rutin, one of the components of pine pollen, increases the strength of the capillary vessels and helps protect the cardiovascular system)
Improve metabolism and regulate weight
Accelerate the activity of liver cells and regulate bile secretion
Effectively regulate endocrine, and inhibit atrophy of sexual glands through the pollens vitamins. Extremely helpful for men regulating the prostate function and for women starting the change of life
Restores hormon levels in andropause and menopause
Serves as an ideal food for cold/flu prevention
Improve metabolism and regulate weight
Benefit nutritionally as the safe and toxic-free fat-lowering choice
Nourishes the brain
Regulates and strengthens the immune system
Invincible Herbs Pine Pollen is by far the most potent form of Pine Pollen, and is the product recommended to everyone. In the raw form, all of the vitamins, minerals, and the phyto-nutrients like MSM, SOD, the phyto-androgens (Androstenedione, Testosterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), & Androsterone) and the living enzymes and co-enzymes, stay intact. Because Pine Pollen works synergistically, consuming the pure, raw powder delivers the most profound health benefits and effects."
I spent about four hours gathering today, I got 100g pollen and 4.5 large jars of fruiting cones, i'll make a 1:1 tincture with potato vodka or some other non-grain spirit.
30ml 1:1 tincture sells for $50 dollars on some websites.
Pinus species Description: Pine trees are easily recognized by their needlelike leaves grouped in bundles. Each bundle may contain one to five needles, the number varying among species. The tree's odor and sticky sap provide a simple way to distinguish pines from similar looking trees with needlelike leaves.
Habitat and Distribution: Pines prefer open, sunny areas. They are found throughout North America, Central America, much of the Caribbean region, North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and some places in Asia.
Edible Parts: The seeds of all species are edible. You can collect the young male cones, which grow only in the spring, as a survival food. Boil or bake the young cones. The bark of young twigs is edible. Peel off the bark of thin twigs. You can chew the juicy inner bark; it is rich in sugar and vitamins. Eat the seeds raw or cooked. Green pine needle tea is high in vitamin C.
Other Uses : Use the resin to waterproof articles. Also use it as glue. Collect the resin from the tree. If there is not enough resin on the tree, cut a notch in the bark so more sap will seep out. Put the resin in a container and heat it. The hot resin is your glue. Use it as is or add a small amount of ash dust to strengthen it. Use it immediately. You can use hardened pine resin as an emergency dental filling.
Most importantly the seeds of all pine species are edible. So no need to learn the identification characteristics of each species. The pine nuts are located at the base of each scale of the pinecones. So one pinecone will contain numerous nuts. To get to the nut you will have to open the pinecone. Some cones like jackpine of the northwest only open under fire conditions. Most open as they dry. So the best technique is heat the pine cone either by setting them near a fire or any method to speed up the heating/drying process.
Pine's use doesn't stop at the nuts. The young male cones that are grown each spring can be boiled or baked.
You can also peel off the bark young twigs to eat the inner bark, which can be chewed raw. Or cut the bark away of a mature tree to get to the inner bark. Frying is best tasting way to eat pine bark. Peel the the inner bark into thin strips and simply fry them in some butter or oil until medium brown and crispy.
Probably the most common use outside of the pinion nuts in the SouthWest is using the needles to make tea. This is an easy task and although you aren't going to survive entirely on pine needle tea it can easily add some flavor to water and provide lots of Vitamins (lots of vitamin C) and nutrients to an otherwise bland drinking water.
To make the tea simply grab a bunch of pine needles and place in boiling water. Remove heat and let it set for about 15 minutes. Bam! Pine needle tea.
Cheryl Thomas there are few things more delicious than just-picked pine nuts! The sap will come off with butter. We found that out on a picnic to the White mountains where the Ancient Bristlecone pines are growing alongside pinion pine. Visit the oldest living trees and enjoy a few tasty pine nuts while there, but bring some buttered cornbread to get the sap off!
Salicornia (pickle weed)
Harvesting Wild Salicornia Growing in the Bay of San Francisco
The Salicornia species are small, usually less than 30 cm tall, succulent herbs with a jointed horizontal main stem and erect lateral branches. The leaves are small and scale-like, and as such, the plant may appear leafless. Many species are green, but their foliage turns red in autumn. The hermaphrodite flowers are wind pollinated, and the fruit is small and succulent and contains a single seed.
Salicornia species can generally tolerate immersion in salt water. They use the C4 carbon fixation pathway to take in carbon dioxide from the surrounding atmosphere.
Salicornia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including the Coleophora case-bearers C. atriplicis and C. salicorniae (the latter feeds exclusively on Salicornia spp.).
Salicornia europaea is highly edible, either cooked or raw. In England, it is one of several plants known as samphire (see also Rock samphire); the term samphire is believed to be a corruption of the French name, [herbe de] Saint-Pierre, which means "St. Peter's herb".
Samphire is usually cooked, either steamed or microwaved, and then coated in butter or olive oil. Due to its high salt content, it must be cooked without any salt added, in plenty of water. It has a hard, stringy core, and after cooking, the edible flesh is pulled off from the core. This flesh, after cooking, resembles seaweed in color, and the flavor and texture are like young spinach stems or asparagus. Samphire is often used as a suitably maritime accompaniment to fish or seafood.
In addition to S. europaea, the seeds of S. bigelovii yield a highly edible oil. S. bigelovii's edibility is compromised somewhat because it contains saponins, which are toxic under certain conditions.
Umari keerai is cooked and eaten or pickled. It is also used as fodder for cattle, sheep and goats. In Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka, it is used to feed donkeys.
Wild Asparagus Root-Revisited!
Other common names-Tian Men Dong(TCM)
Latin-Asparagus lucidus or Asparagus cochinchinensis
Constituents-Asparagine, Sugars, Mucilage, Polysaccharides and Minerals.
Properties- Yin tonic (Promotes and Strengthens cooling and moistness in the body), Nutritive(provides nutrients), Demulcent(Moistening effect), Expectorant (clears mucus from the airways), Diuretic(Promotes urination) and Oneirogenic(enhances dream states).
Caution: Extremely safe and non-toxic it can be used daily. There are no contraindications or side effects when used properly.
Uses- Treatment for dryness in the lungs, increases fertility, relieves menstrual pain, chronic rheumatic complaints, eczema and in used as a potent dream herb.
Taoists claim that by consuming Wild Asparagus Root a person gains the ability to fly. This flying symbolizes the ability to rise above
things that are mundane and is the freedom of Spirit that can be experienced when one has attained harmony. With prolonged use this herb makes the skin soft, supple and smooth. It gives buoyancy and lightness to the body. It allows one to stay open and helps cultivate deep spiritual happiness. It is said that with regular consumption of good wild asparagus root will open the heart center and bring one to a sense of peace and wellbeing. It is a powerful but gentle tonic for the lungs and it helps to moisten dry lungs. Beautiful skin is a sure sign of pure blood and healthy lungs. It would be great for smokers, exposure to environmental toxins and for people with dry skin. It is also known for its dream enhancing effects. Many people report dreams in which they are flying or soaring through the sky and some people have increased lucid dream activity when using Wild Asparagus Root.
You can eat 1-2 teaspoons(About 1-2 inches of root). It is soft, sweet and slightly bitter. You can also simmer 1-2 teaspoons of herb in 2 cups of water for 10-15 minutes as a tea 1 half hour before bed for its dream enhancing qualities.
Other common names- Croanwort
Latin- Artemisia Vulgaris
Parts used- Leaves and flowers
Constituents- Bitter Principles, Essential oils and Thujone.
Properties- Anti-spasmodic(Reduces spasms/shaking/twitching), Sedative(Makes you sleepy),Nervine(Relaxes the nerves) Emmenagogue(Stimulates Menstruation) and Bitter Tonic(Digestive Aid).
Uses- Mugwort is an herb that is found fairly regularly in many modern Pagan magical practices. Mugwort is a highly versatile, easy to grow herb used as a tea, tincture, incense, for smudging, or in spellwork. As a tonic It can be used for women whom have irregular menses. It is also used as a bitter tonic for the stomach and liver. It also can be used in the treatment of parasites and worms.
Mugwort otherwise known as Croanwort has a deeply mysterious quality to it. It feels very ancient in certain aspects and dreams can sometimes be dark. It allows us to face our shadow selves and learn from our experiences. The dark dreams show us things we are usually incapable of facing. It gives us the strength to go through the healing process. After these dark dreams are fully integrated the herb brings in a peaceful and serene vastly feminine energy into our dream-space, gifting us with lucid experiences and a unique chance to learn about out dream world. A great way to explore your third eye during the night!
Caution: Should not be taken during pregnancy or lactation. Should not be taken for long periods of time. Some people have sensitivities to the Artemisia family. Otherwise when used properly there are no contraindications.
Steep ½ tsp. of herb in 2 cups of hot water for 3-5 minutes. Add honey to taste. Drink tea 1 half hour before bed for its dream enhancing qualities.
Gentian, one of the “bitter” herbs, has been used by herbalists for over 2,000 years to help stimulate liver function. It was named as a tribute to Gentius, an Illyrian king who was believed to have discovered that the herb had tonic properties. He used the herb for treating wounds and as a natural antidote for various types of poisons. Traditional folk healers believed that gentian root could improve the digestive process by stimulating the flow of saliva, bile, and stomach acids if you took the herb before your meal. During the Middle Ages, it was used as an antidote to certain poisons.
Gentian Root for Overall Liver Health
Today, it is used specifically to protect the liver, stimulate its function, help regenerate its cells, and increase the flow of bile. It is also known to inhibit the development of viruses that affect the liver. This should come as no surprise to herbalists as studies have shown that gentian has antibacterial, antifungal, antitrypanosomal, antiviral, and anti-angiogenic properties. It has also been used for centuries to stimulate appetite, improve overall digestion, and treat a host of gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, heartburn, stomach aches, and vomiting. And studies have shown that it is liver protective. This is why you’ll find it as an ingredient in Jon Barron’s Liver Tincture formula.
Kidney detox aid, and anemia aid. digestive aid.
Other Uses for Gentian RootInterestingly enough, gentian isn’t only a medicinal herb. You can find it in some foods and beverages, in some anti-smoking products, and also as an ingredient in cosmetics.
To summarize, gentian root has a variety of uses, including: