by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Here are some of the same edibles that I find growing in my own yard in a tossed salad. In eating ingredients closer to the growing source, from ground to table, I am noticing a difference in my addictive cravings, levels of hunger, clear-thinking processes, increased alkaline feeling in mouth and stomach, cleaner teeth, faster metabolism and more restful with increase in deep sleeping.
This inspires a question about the possibility of feeding many. If our Greater Victoria Communities no longer spray public areas and have banned it in public grounds, why not? Are there programs that edible weeds and flowers are apart of our #yyj food programs? Is anyone showing low incomer’s the availability of this free food resource to cut down on their bills?
What I am learning in researching the health benefits of these different plants is that they are full of free vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. What is most important is the fact that our bodies are designed to ingest this goodness from this source much easier than processed and pharma manufactured ones. Why? I believe from ground to table is more in alignment with our ability to process the ingredients.
Are you inspired to forage? If so, Dandelions, Purple Dead Nettle, Cleavers and Chickweed are excellent starter plants to add to your tossed salad greens. They are easy to identify and you can eat both flowers and leaves. You can also use them to make tea. (Learn more about these plants.)
- Buy Cleavers @ Richters
- Buy Chickweed Leaf @ Richters
- Buy Dandelion Seeds @ Richters
- Buy Purple Dead Nettle @ Richters
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.