Wild Food Foraging

Learn about wild plant identification, medicinal uses, and more…

Whether you are interested in the medicinal uses of wild plants, tree identification, herbal remedies and more – we are growing quickly to include all of these!

Try your knowledge with some of our Wild Plant quizzes. Read up on mushroom identification, or the edible and medicinal uses of wild mushrooms, or types of evergreen trees and the food, medicine and other gifts they offer…and more!

At the moment, this section is just sprouting, so check back often for more wild plant identification and other articles…

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Survival Foods: Plants – cattail, conifers, grasses and acorns

Ever wondered what kinds of survival foods you could eat if you were caught in a survival situation? When I first came to Washington state all I could see was a wall of green plants. I knew nothing about what I could and could not eat if I were to get lost in the woods. […]

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Huckleberries

There’s nothing like the taste of fresh huckleberries in the summertime. Lucky for us in the Pacific Northwest, we have three species of huckleberries to choose from: black huckleberry, red huckleberry and evergreen huckleberry.  Huckleberries are in the Heath family, which includes other edibles like blueberries, wintergreen, cranberry and salal. Heath family members commonly like […]

Herbal Infused Oils vs. Essential Oils

Herbal Infused Oils vs. Essential Oils

Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 6 In this, our sixth session, we remain in the herbal pharmacy and turn our attention to herbs in fat bases. We’ll explore fresh infused oils, ointments, salves, and lip balms, essential oils, and even herbal pestos. Herbal Oils: Infused vs. Essential I make and […]

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How to Make Herbal Tinctures

Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 4 In this lesson, you will learn how to make herbal tinctures. You will make herbal tinctures from fresh and dried roots as well as from fresh flowers and leaves. Then you will collect your herbal tinctures into an Herbal Medicine Chest and begin to […]

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Identifying and Using Herbs

Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 3 In Part 1, you learned how to “listen” to the messages of plant’s tastes. And you discovered that using plants in water bases (as teas, infusions, vinegars, and soups) — and as simples — allows you to experiment with and explore herbal medicine safely. […]

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Herbal Home Remedies – Herbal Infusions

Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 2 Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors knew how to use an enormous variety of plants for health and well being. Our neighbors around the world continue to use local plants for healing and […]

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Learning About Herbs and Herbal Remedies

Herbal Home Remedies: Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 1 Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors knew how to use an enormous variety of plants for health and well being. Our neighbors around the world continue to use local plants for healing and […]

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Plant Identification Quiz #11

This time of year is the true South in the Medicine Wheel of life, being that it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the fire and heat of the sun has been upon us for a few weeks now.  July in the NW is usually a month of long warm evenings, sitting by campfires, […]

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Rose Family Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is people’s medicine. And people’s medicines are the medicines of the earth: the common weeds. Weeds, though often reviled, are powerhouses of nourishment, medicine, magic, and beauty. Their medicinal qualities, when wisely extracted and used, can counter major as well as minor disturbances of health. But do beware! Eating weeds has been known […]

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Asteraceae Family of Plants & Herbal Medicine

Plants are grouped into botanical families, and plants in the same family often have very similar properties. With 20,000 members, the Asteraceae family  (“aster” means “star”) is one of the largest and most diverse of all plant families. From fossil records, it appears that this family developed quite recently (only millions of years ago) and […]