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Aralia nudicaulis, aka Wild Sarsaparilla

In northern Idaho, we’re blessed to have Aralia nudicaulis growing fairly abundantly and, according to Cook’s Physiomedical Dispensatory, it grows from Canada to the Carolinas. Well, I can confirm that it grows in the west as well! It likes mixed, deciduous forests with moist, loamy soil. On our property, we have abundant patches lining our …

Let’s Talk About Pineappleweed

We’re well into summer and surrounded by so many flowers. The pollinators are just loving it! We are blessed to have a blanket of pineappleweed covering a large portion of the gravel near our house. I know, most people wouldn’t want a “weed” growing where gravel should be, but this amazing plant offers beauty, amazing …

How to Make Natural Bug Spray

Take a hard pass on stinky, chemically laden commercial bug sprays, and create your own effective, all-natural insect repellent, using a combination of native “weeds” and aromatic herbs you can easily grow yourself or source from the grocery store! 🌼🌿 Natural Bug Spray Ingredients 2 tsp spearmint, dried 2 tsp lavender, dried 2 tsp yarrow …

Harvesting Elder

When it comes to wildcrafting, you should always know where you’re harvesting from!! It’s so important. Sides of roads, neighborhood streets, public parks… NEVER wildcraft form an area that has been sprayed or has been exposed to other toxins (runoff from roads etc.) Once you’ve identified a safe and healthy plant, or if you’re harvesting …

A Few Uses for Pine

Now that you know how to identify different types of pine, let’s talk about using it. Pine has SO many uses! It’s something you can harvest year-round and has such a wonderful flavor. 😋 Pine can boost mood, combat depression and stimulate the immune system through its stimulating volatile oils. This can be achieved through …

How to Identify Pine

When attempting to identify pine, one of the easiest ways is to count the needle bundles. This simply means you are going to count the number of needles that are growing together out of the same spot, attached by a small brownish nub. If you do not see several bundles growing from one point then …

Yarrow as a Styptic

Being a styptic is likely yarrow’s best-known use, and for good reason — it’s highly effective at stopping and controlling excessive bleeding. Simply take a little fresh plant, chew it up and apply directly to the wound. It encourages blood clotting, slowing and eventually stopping the bleed. If all you have is powdered yarrow and …

All About Yarrow

If you’re interested in finding and harvesting yarrow, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind. Yarrow, aka Achillea millefolium, can grow up to 3-feet high, but most of mine are closer to 18″ to 2′. The leaves are the first thing you’ll notice in the spring. They grow very close to the ground …