Altnature Wild Spring Herbs Newsletter
Article and Photography © Karen Bergeron Alternative Nature Online Herbal 2021.
When you look at your yard in Spring, do you see unwanted weeds?
Or do you see food and herbs? Most of the edible and medicinal plants in this article will grow anywhere that they are allowed to, and can often be found in your yard or close by.
Osage Orange is a tree that gets little love and respect since it's main use was replaced with barbed wire. It bears large bumpy fruits full of sticky latex and fiber. The ripe, sliced and dried fruit makes a pleasant herbal infusion that may have many healthful properties as it containes isoflavones and anti-oxidants. Hedge Apples may not be very palatable as a fruit, but they are not toxic.
Jewelweed is a North American annual that can easily be found along creeks and in ditches in summer and fall. It is well known in folklore and on Facebook for using as a wash or salve for Poison Ivy and Oak. Learn to find it and use it in the wild, or order my AltNature's Jewelweed Soap, Salve and Spray so you have it on hand when you need it.
Hundreds of herb and wildflower pictures to browse!
Herb and Botanical Stock Photography available for licensing, or just view plant pictures to see how many wild herbs you may already be familiar with.
Most herbs that I photograph are in their wild habitat in Tennessee and Illinois, but I have many pictures of garden herbs as well.
Experienced Ginseng Growers share information about growing and harvesting Ginseng, Ginseng Buyers List, Ginseng Links list, Ginseng Seed Sources and more. Comments and questions welcome.
Many people are helping the population of Ginseng and other herbs with "Forest Farming". Ginseng is fairly easy to grow if you have forest land, and is a good crop for a long term investment. The best Ginseng roots are over ten years old.
Wild Herb plants are used for food, spices, fragrance, and have a long history of traditional medicinal uses. Many wild herbs have properties and constituents that show potential in modern medicine, though more research is needed.
Self-medicating with herbs and supplements can be dangerous. Please discuss your use of herbs, vitamins and dietary supplements with your physician. Some herbs have side effects and dangerous interactions with other medications. Use of improperly identified plants can cause sickness and even death.