How to get started with wild, edible plants growing in your yard

My first encounter with wild food came on a fine summer evening in Vermont. Luckily for us, my sister-in-law is skilled in wild mushroom hunting. She oversaw us as we foraged and collected a large bundle of forest mushrooms. Then, we fished on Lake Chelan. As a vegetarian back then, my self-assigned role was that of the “humane committee”. I made sure the fish didn’t suffer, to the best of my ability.

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Incredible Health Benefits of Cranberries

Pilgrims called them “Craneberries” because of the resemblence of Sandhill cranes in their blossoms. Most folks now call them “Cranberries”. They grow on vines, not in water. They lay in bogs, which are impermeable beds layered with sand, peat, gravel, and clay. Native Americans used cranberries for food, dyes and medicine as early as the 1550’s (or earlier?). European settlers adopted the Native American uses of the fruit and experimented with new uses.

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Beat Cold and Flu Season with Medicinal Herbs

By Rebecca Potter Has your entire family ever made it through cold and flu season without succumbing to what’s “going around”? If so, congratulations! If not, I’m here to help you do that naturally! Being an herbalist, I like to get to the root of the problem, which in the case of colds and flu is the fact that our bodies are full of waste matter and toxins that bacteria and viruses love to feed on.

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Confession: My Dirty, Shameless Garden Affair

My garden is my part-time lover, absorbing as much time as I sneak in on evenings and weekends. My husband isn’t jealous though, as this dirty love-affair translates as delicious food and a mellow wife for him. We’re wasting no time with making babies. We already have hundreds of leeks, broccoli, kale and cabbage seedlings. ALL OF THEM are produced by spontaneous conception from last year’s frolicking – no family planning was involved! Our strawberries are the garden dominatrix, as they tend to creep their way into every

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How Cloves Heal Us

Cloves are great for your heart, digestive health, blood sugar, anti-inflammation and sexual health. The eugenol found in cloves may inhibit inflammatory progression in human cells, and IV infusions of clove has actually reduced lung cancer. Folk remedies use it for improving digestion, reducing flatulence, for coughing, and for teething or toothaches. It is a staple spice in many classic dishes in the US, India, Pakistan and China.

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Herbed Quinoa Salad

People wanted  our recipes for our wedding foods, like the yummy yam-coconut-ginger soup and the massaged kale salad. As I would learn, making your own wedding food is a bigger undertaking than a bride thinks, despite how much experience I think I have cooking for large groups of people on silent meditation retreats. Since preparing the wedding food was a hustle, filled with unexpected adventures, I missed taking a lot of pictures during our food prep.

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Spices Your Oatmeal CRAVES

This screamingly delicious spice blend that has grown into my household’s staple. I love spices because they flavor foods without threatening to leave its mark on your waste and hips. Any calories these spices add to your foods are negligible. What’s more? These spices each offer a dose of preventive medicine. So spice it up! Use an empty spice container of any size. In equal parts, combine each of the following *ground* spices.

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