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Herbal Healing and Edible Plants Resource Index

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posted on May, 21 2009 @ 09:14 PM
Since there seems to be a great interest both in the threads and otherwise regarding the alternative uses of plants, I figured it would be beneficial to compile some resources for both edible plants as well as herbal healing. I call it herbal healing on this website because nobody should practice medicine without being certified. Which brings me to the disclaimer.

DISCLAIMER- Some of these plants can be dangerous if taken with certain medications, pre-existing conditions (even seasonal allergies), and many of these plants have look-alikes that can be deadly. Please, please, do not pick or ingest or touch or eat or swallow or drink ANY PLANT that you are not 100% sure of. And by that I mean, sure of what it is, what it does, what it interacts with, how much to take, etc.. If you are interested in herbal healing I implore you to consult an expert. For those who are adventurous, there are websites and books available that will give you the same disclaimer but will provide some useful information. It is a good idea to compile some of these resources in case of an emergency. It is a common misconception that plants do not have side effects, but many of them are actually used in making those "evil" pharmaceutical drugs, and therefore cause side-effects as well.

Feel free to post your favorite resources on here, so that they may be readily accessible to members who are interested in RESEARCHING this topic. Again, please don't go picking plants and ingesting them. It's really not a good idea, not with pesticides, not without credentials, not without extensive study. So, here is some information:

My contributions are all in print form, for now. I will add more later, and hopefully you all will, as well.

Peterson Field Guides- Edible Wild Plants: Eastern/Central North America by Lee Allen Peterson
-My number one favorite.

Herbal Gifts: Inspiring Ideas for Crafts, Cooking, Decorating, and Cosmetics. By Jane Newdick
-The information on cosmetics such as moisturizers, haircare, etc is irreplaceable.

Natural Remedies: Nondrug Healing Strategies That Work Best- Women's Edge, Rodale Press

Prevention: Mailbag of Natural Remedies- Mark Bricklin
-Also a great resource

The New York Botanical Garden: Nature's Pharmacy Deck. Chronicle Books.
-A deck of plant pictures and definitions. Very useful for memorization.

A Catalogue of the Medicinal Plants, Indigenous and Exotic, Growing in the State of New York with a brief account of their Composition and Medical Properties- Charles H. Smith Jr.. The Farmer's Museum Printing Office.

Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Pain Relief: Hundreds of new and time-honored techniques to help you master pain

The Complete Herbal Guide to Natural Health & Beauty- Dian Dincin Buchman

The Complete Family Guide to Alternative Medicine: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Natural Healing- Consultant Editor: C. Norman Shealy M.D. Ph.D


Edibility of Plants and Wilderness Survival

A list of some edible plants with a very important warning

Some more edible plants and a disclaimer

Edible plants and flowers, with Dos and Don'ts

A link from a medicinal herbs and plants nursery of some other great print resources's index of herbal remedies

Medline Plus section on Herbal Medicine

How to Garden with Healing Plants

[edit on 5/21/2009 by ravenshadow13]

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 01:11 PM

A list of some Native American uses for plants.

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 01:22 PM
and some more links.....

Good chart for healing herbs & plants (excellent starting point for beginners):

Edible and medicinal plants of North America:

Five amazing & healing plants (this is great because they are all basic, extremely beneficial and easy to cultivate):

Find the plant for your ailment! This one is great too!


ahhh, just found a video on 'How to Forage For Wild Edible Plants'

[edit on 22-5-2009 by jackieps1975]

[edit on 22-5-2009 by jackieps1975]

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 01:32 PM
Nice Work OP

this is a good thing to know. Thanks for all the links,I'm looking forward to more if you have them

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 01:34 PM
reply to post by rtcctr


Here's a good one that focuses on the benefits of different types of teas:

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 01:36 PM
One of my fav sites on herbal lore can be found by clicking here covers a lot of European plants that the original settlers brought with them not as well laid out as I'd like to have seen but still a useful resource

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 01:46 PM

Information on an aromatherapy garden and how to make one.

Many pictures of edible plants in and around NYC. Great for identification!

Here's a great one. Very professional. Information on everything from anti-depressant use to birth control.

[edit on 5/22/2009 by ravenshadow13]

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 01:47 PM
This is great! Go graze!

Weeds in Your Garden? -- Bite Back!
c. 1999 Susun S. Weed

I always say the gardener's best revenge is to eat the weeds. I've been doing it for thirty years and can testify that my health and the health of my garden has never been better. Here are a few hints for gardeners who'd rather eat their weeds than hate them (and for non-gardeners who are adventurous enough to try out nature's bounty).

View your weeds as cultivated plants; give them the same care and you'll reap a tremendous harvest. Harvest frequently and do it when the weeds are young and tender. Thin your weeds and pinch back the annuals so your weeds become lushly leafy. Use weeds as rotation crops; they bring up subsoil minerals and protect against many insects. "Interplant" (by not weeding out) selected weeds; try purslane, lamb's quarters, or amaranth with your corn, chickweed with peas/beans, and yellow dock, sheep sorrel, or dandelion with tomatoes). And, most importantly, harvest your weeds frequently, regularly, and generously.

Overgrown radishes, lettuces, and beans are tough and bitter. So are weeds that aren't harvested frequently enough. Give your chickweed a haircut (yes! with scissors) every 4-7 days and it will stay tender all spring, ready to be added to any salad. If you forget a patch for two weeks, it may get stringy and tough and full of seed capsules. (All is not lost at this stage. The seeds are easy to collect - put the entire plant in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and use the seeds that fall to the bottom of the bag - and highly nutritious, with exceptional amounts of protein and minerals.

Unthinned carrots and lettuces grow thin and spindly, so do unthinned lamb's quarters, amaranth, and other edible weeds. Wherever you decide to let the weeds grow, keep them thinned as you would any plant you expect to eat. Here's how I do it: In early spring I lightly top-dress a raised bed with my cool-method compost (which is loaded with the seeds of edible weeds). Over this I strew a heavy coating of the seeds of lettuces and cresses and brassicas (cultivated salad greens), then another light covering of shifted compost.

Naturally, weed seeds germinate right along with my salad greens. When the plant are about two inches high, I go through the bed and thin the salad greens, pull out all grasses, smartweeds, cronewort, clear weed, and quick weed (though the last three are edible, I don't find them particularly palatable). And, I thin back the chickweed, mallows, lamb's quarters, amaranth, and garlic mustard and other edible wild greens.

Keep those annuals pinched back. You wouldn't let your basil go straight up and go to flower, don't let your lamb's quarter either. One cultivated lamb's quarter plant in my garden grew five feet high and four feet across, providing greens for salads and cooking all summer and a generous harvest of seeds for winter use.

When a crop of greens has bolted or gone to seed in your garden, you pull it all out and replant with another crop. Do the same with your weeds. We eat the greens of garlic mustard all spring, then pull it out just before it bolts (making a horseradishy vinegar from the choicest roots) -- often revealing a generous crop of chickweed lurking underneath.

Some of my favorite garden weeds:

o Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus) Young leaves, old leaves, even non-woody stalks are delicious as a cooked green; chop and boil for 30-40 minutes. Serve in their own broth; freeze leftovers for winter use. Use instead of spinach in quiche (you may never to grow spinach again). Collect seeds throughout the autumn by shaking seed heads over a lipped cookie sheet; or by harvest and dry the entire seed head. Winnowing out the chaff is tedious but soothing. There is a special thrill that comes when you toss the chaffy seed in the air, and the breeze catches it just-so, and the seeds fall back into your tray, while the prickly chaff scatters "to the four winds."
o Chickweed (Stellaria media) Young leaves and stalks, even flowers, in salads. Blend with virgin olive oil and organic garlic for an unforgettable pesto. Add seeds to porridge.
o Lamb's quarter (Chenopodium alba and related species, e.g. Chenopodium quinoa). Young leaves in salads. Older leaves and tender stalks cooked. Leaves dried and ground into flour (replaces up to half the flour in any recipe). Seeds dried and cooked in soups, porridge.
o Mallows (Malva neglecta and related species) Leaves of any age and flowers (the closely related Hibiscus flowers too!) are delicious in salads. Roots are used medicinally.
o Purslane (Portulacca oleracea) The fleshy leaves and stalks of this plant are incredibly delicious in salads and not bad at all preserved in vinegar for winter use.

o Burdock (Arctium lappa) Roots of non-flowering plants harvested after frost make a vinegar that is deep, and richly flavorful as well as a world-renowned tonic. Petioles of the leaves and the flowering stalk are also edible; for recipes see my book Healing Wise.
o Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis) Year-round salad green. Leaves used in any season, even winter. Roots are harvested before plant flowers. Seeds are a spicy condiment.
o Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) Leaves finely chopped in salads. Flowers are beautiful edible decorations. Roots of non-flowering plants, harvested in the fall, and cooked.

o Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) Leaves eaten at any time, raw or cooked, but especially tasty in the fall - not spring!. Roots harvested any time; pickle in apple cider vinegar for winter use. Dandelion flower wine is justly famous.
o Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) Leaves add a sour spark to salads. Cooked with wild leeks or cultivated onion and potato they become a soup called "schav."
o Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Young leaves cooked for 40-45 minutes and served in their broth are one of my favorite dishes. Seeds can be used in baked goods, porridge.
o Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) Roots pickled in apple cider vinegar are tasty and a boon for enriching the blood. Leaves, especially young ones, are eaten raw or cooked.

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 02:02 PM
Cross-posted, a link to a website about the benefits of Bermuda Grass

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 02:32 PM
Just a heads up but whenever I see someone compile these kids of lists they always neglect one Major aspect... Plants can also be a front-line Security system to keep you and your family safe... no big mystery here just plant things like pyracantha, roses, hawthorn... Many Berry bushes are thorned and make quite the thicket. When I lived out in Calif I had a Lemon tree under my window you wouldn't want to mess with... Here in the southwest Cactus rule... just something to add to that other uses category

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 02:35 PM
reply to post by DaddyBare

Wow, you're right. I never considered that. I mean, I guess that I knew plants were used for privacy but I never thought about how critical that could be if you needed some privacy but could not erect a fence. You're totally right, DaddyBare. Thank you.

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 02:50 PM
reply to post by ravenshadow13

Well I'll admit the original plan came to me due to being the father of a Teen-aged daughter... she thought I was being sweet when I planted those roses under and all around her bedroom window (They do look Pretty) But when I went to the nursery I never gave a second though as to what the flowers would look like... just who had the nastiest thorns to keep all the teen boys away

posted on May, 23 2009 @ 11:35 AM

Healing Plants of the Rainforest

posted on May, 28 2009 @ 07:55 PM

Herbal Remedies for Common Colds.
(applicable for me right now)

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