#yyj Winter Back Yard Foraging Calendar & Guide

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com


These are usually the first plants up in abundance before spring starting in December.  Some are edible, & medicinal while others can only be used in essences.  A few are considered super-foods with high amounts of Vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants and more.  Many of them act as a spring tonic that stimulate the body to detox and cleanse and many of them support colds, the flu and allergies that go with the season.

Keep in mind that they are only consumable if grown naturally and without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

What’s growing in your backyard?

Bergina Flower

Essence:  trusting your own experience

Bergina Flower photo-Renee Lindstrom

Flowers:  December

Flowers:  Essence

Chakra: Root

 

Native to Asia
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

Black Medic (medicago lupulina)

Black Medic from Renee's Oakland Garden

Black Medic Weed

 

Flowers & Leaves:  Early March 

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Essence, Herb, Laxative

Seeds:  Ground into flour

Taste:  Alfalfa like

Chakra:  Solar Plexus

 

Native to Europe & Asia where it is considered a pot herb
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)

Flowers:  February, March

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Medicinal, Tincture, Infused Oil, Flower Essence

Roots:  Medicinal – Tea

Taste:  Flowers unique earthy taste, stalks celery like, bitter

Chakra: Throat

 

Buy Canadian Butterbur Seeds

Native to Europe & Asia
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Essence:  peace & unity

pic by Renee Lidnstrom

Flowers:  December through Spring

Flowers, Seeds & Leaves:  Culinary, Essence, Medicinal, Tea, Tincture, Infused Vinegar, Infused Oil, Flower Essence, Bath Infusions, Soap Making

Taste:  Grassy, like corn silk

Chakra:  Throat & Root Chakras

 

 Buy Canadian Chickweed Seeds

Native to Europe
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

Cleavers/Clivers (Galium aparine)

Flowers: March

Flowers, Seeds & Leaves:  Culinary,  Medicinal, Infused Vinegar, Infused Oil, Flower Essence, Coffee Substitute, Topic Skin Remedies

Taste:  Young leaves in February taste Fresh

Chakra:  Crown

 Buy Canadian Cleaver Seeds

Native to Asia, Europe & North America
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)

Essence:  empowering choices & decisions

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Flowers:  March

Leaves & Roots: Medicinal,  Infused Oil, Flower Essence, Vinegar

Flowers: whiten teeth!

Taste:  Spinach like

Chakra: Crown, Throat and Root 

Native to Europe & Asia
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

Daisy – English (Bellis perennis)

Essence:  ‘Focused & Grounded’

English Daisy

Flowers:  February

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Fresh in salads or as garnish, Infused Vinegar, Infused Oil, Tincture, Flower Essence,  Tea, Medicinal

Taste:  Mildly sour

Chakra:  Crown, Brow, Solar Plexus & Root 

 

Buy Canadian English Daisy Seeds

Native to Europe & Asia
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

Dandelion (taraxacum)

Essence:  emotional & mental balance

Dandelion

Flowers: March

Flowers, Leaves & Roots:  Culinary – Flowers & Leaves: Fresh in salads, Jelly,  Medicinal, Infused Vinegar,  Infused Oil, Tinctures, Teas,  Flower essence

Taste:  Earthy, nutty & bitter

Chakra:  Brow & Solar Plexus

 

Buy Canadian Dandelion Seeds

Native to Eurasia
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)

Essence:  Clarity & Heart Perception

2017-03-27 11.20.08Flowers:  February

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Fresh in Salads, Soups, Stews, Salsa, Pesto, Infused Vinegar, Infused Oil, Flower Essence

Taste:  Peppery

Chakra: 3rd Eye Chakra

Native to Eurasia
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

Purple Dead Nettle

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Leaves:  March

Leaves:  Culinary, Fresh in Salads, Soups, Stews, Medicinal, Flower Essence, Tincture,  Infused Oil, Infused Vinegar

Taste:  Mild Kale Flavour

Chakra:  Sacral

Native to Europe & Asia
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

  Wild  Violets

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Flowers: March

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Fresh in Salads, Garnish, Decoration, Medicinal, Tea

Taste:  Fresh, Green, Peppery

Chakra:  3rd Eye, Throat, Heart & Root

 

Native to Canada
grown in the Pacific Northwest – #yyj’s Victoria B.C.  on Vancouver Island

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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.

Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

The Amazing Dandelion

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

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Picture by Renee Lindstrom

Dandelion

by Renee Lidnstrom

Spring Dandelions

Uses:  Culinary, Pot Herb, Medicinal, Dye, Detox, Coffee Substitute, Love Potion, Weight Control, Anti Aging, Tonic

Parts used:  Flowers, Leaves, Roots

Preparation:  Fresh, Culinary, Dried,  Flower Essences,  Infused Water, Juicing, Oil, Tea, Tincture, Vinegar

Recipes


  • Symbolizes:   Circle of Life, Hope, Dreams, Well-being and Joy
  • Language of Flowers meaning:  Joy and Faithfulness
  • Associated with: Binding Love, Crown  and Solar Plexus Chakra’s
  • Element:  Air
  • Governed by:  Jupiter

Health & Wellness

Dandelions are increasing in popularity in mainstream health and fitness programs to the point of being called a super food due to the volume of goodness in each plant.  I recently discovered that the flowers are a mild pain reliever when they are infused with oil and used on joints, aches and pain.  As a Feldenkrais®Practitionerthis is good news for  many students and clients.  They would be relieved to learn more natural ways of controlling their pain.

Dandelions are a very rich source of beta-carotene and when consumed we convert this into Vitamin A. Their active ingredients are found in both the roots and leaves.  Dandelions are a good source of:

  • Vitamins: A,C, K and B-vitamins
  • Minerals: magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and choline

Their chemical breakdown:

  • Sesquiterpene lactones (bitters): taraxinic acid (taraxacin), tetrahydroridentin B
    • Triterpenoids and sterols: taraxasterol, taraxerol, cycloartenol, beta-sitosterol
    • Other: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, tannins, alkaloids, pectin, inulin, starch, potassium, beta carotene, caffeic acid, flavonoids (apigenin)

Interesting to Know that Dandelion leaves are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and have more iron, calcium and protein than spinach!

Conditions Dandelions Have been used for and currently being researched  for:

  • Antioxidant
  • Digestive Aid
  • Inflammation
  • Immune System
  • Liver Detox and Cleanse
  • Gallbladder
  • Laxative
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Urinary disorders
  • Acne
  • Jaundice
  • Cancer
  • Anemia

How to use Dandelions

Each part of the plant is edible and can be used for creating medicinal remedies and  making tea. The flowers are used for fresh tea and the roots and leaves are mostly used as a dried herb for tea.  I have begun to dry the flower petals to use in tea. Fresh leaves and a few flower petals can be tossed into salads.

Did you know that,  you can cook the spring roots, leaves, flowers and buds or add the to a smoothie, make wine or use as a coffee substitute?

Buy Dried Dandelion Roots

Buy Dried Dandelion Leaves

Try stir frying fresh spring leaves with oil and garlic and toss the unfurled flower buds in.  As you eat the buds they pop in your mouth!  I notice that the bitterness is reduced with cooking.  In spring,  the roots also are soft and tender and can be added together with leaves into a stir fry or stewed dishes and soups.  Add flower petals to a grain dish to add colour and flavour.

Next time you weed your garden set them aside to try them in your own recipes.

Buy Canadian Dandelion Seeds


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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.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Celebrating milestone with nature’s beauty

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

This is the time of year to have a birthday!  Imagine the edible bounty that is on display almost moment by moment as it emerges!  To celebrate with a good friend the morning began with foraging out in the yard.

Garnish

The edible garnish you see are pansy, cherry blossoms  forget me nots on the celebratory dessert.   On the plate the edible garnish you see fresh native current (of the Pacific Northwest), wild English daisy, dandelion, rosemary, butterbur, polyanthus, forsythia and oxalis flowers, wild garlic chives, and columbine leaves. The hard boiled egg was dyed with scotch broom flowers the evening before.  

Salad

The salad the ingredients was what was available that morning.  We had overwintered veggies; red lettuce, small kale and Swiss chard leaves, hairy bitter cress, purple dead nettle, dandelion, malva, yellow dock and herb Robert leaves (weeds),  rosemary, mint and oregano leaves, angelica and fennel, chives and the leaves from the flowers; creeping jennyoxalis, barren strawberries, butterbur, hollyhock, forget me nots.  

Soup

Began with a beef broth and miso.  The ingredients added came from the yard.  These included overwintered leeks, kale and Swiss chard together with a few herbs, rosemary and oregano.  Sprinkled on top – rosemary flowers.

Tea

Tea was a wonderful infusion of bay laurel leaves!

Keeping it simple, for me,  heightens the flavours of all the ingredients and there isn’t the heaviness of eating afterwards, only a sense of full filled that lasts through out the day! That means no snacking!!!!

I heard back that this was the best birthday lunch ever!


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.

#edibles in grocery parking lot

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

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Edibles in local grocery parking lot

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.)

 


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.

March 18th & Already a Back Yard Salad

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

In Mid-March buds, leaves and flowers began emerging on the plants in our community. On March 17th some back yard weeds and flowers were added to the salad and by March 18th it was a “back yard salad!”    During the fall and winter you forget the taste of all the fresh differences in using many leaves, herbs and flowers.  There was only one dandelion flower to pick among many weeks bursting through.

On March 19th there was a realization that a forager could begin eating fresh backyard veggies, weeds and flowers for the next few seasons!  As the season age the contents of the backyard salad would change as flowers, weeds and veggies come and go! In the picture above on the 20th ingredients where picked between clients to sit in water until later break! You can see more was added overnight.

Along with the 30 day Turmeric and Black Pepper Challenge,  another one has been made.  The challenge is to continue into Spring and Summer eating only back yard and foraged veggies, leaves, weeds, roots and flowers!   Today will be Day 2!

Read growing list of what’s growing in the backyard!


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.

First ‘Weed & Flower Salad’ of the Season

…and the start of many more……..
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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.

Daisy: symbolizes ‘childhood, innocence and purity’

 

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:  This post may contain Affiliate Links for your convenience, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

 

Daisies can be used for sprains, bruises, aches and pains. Daisies are anti-inflammatory, a wound-healer, and reduce pain.  An effective application for healing wounds and serving as compresses, encourage exceptional repair in skin tissue. Their  extract provides antiseptic properties that can remove bacteria from the surface of the skin, keeping it healthy.  They were once used to treat grey hair and return it to its original colour.

Oil made with the flower can be used to brighten skin and prevent hyperpigmentation.  It  has organic acids that are valuable for lightening and exfoliating properties.  It is an effective, powerful alternative to Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid.  It is safe for most sensitive skin types, including pregnant women.

Pic courtesy of Renee Lindstrom26,000 seeds per plant

Associated with:  Solar Plexus and Sacral  Chakra’s

 


Oil of Daisy

Ingredients:

  • Daisies
  • Olive Oil
  • Jar
  • Love & Patience
  1.  Gather Daisy flower tops – to fill your jar
  2.  Rinse lightly or sit out to let critters escape
  3. Cover with olive oil  plus some as flowers will absorb oil and you want to make sure they stay covered!
  4. Put in cool place to infuse for up to 6 weeks.
  5. Turn jar each day.
  6. After infused, filter oil with strainer and cheese cloth.
  7. Re-bottle oil.

Use oil as is for first aid or massage, or as an ingredient for salves!


Oil of Daisy Salve

Making an oil based salve with daisies requires two steps if you are using what’s in your own backyard!

  1. Make a daisy infused oil.
  2. Once oil is infused, turn it into a salve.

Salve ingredients:

  • 4 parts Daisy oil to
  • 1 part Beeswax
  • Any other infused oils or essential oils you may wish to add to your recipe.

Equipment:

  • Double Boiler
  • Wooden/Plastic Spoon

Remember if you are adding other infused oils, adjust 4 to 1 combination of the daisy oil.

If you are adding essential oil – add 10 drops after oil and wax is combined,  just before you are read to pour.

  1.  Gently melt beeswax while combining the oil.
  2.  Stir until completely melted.
  3.  Pour into clean pots, and let them cool.
  4.  Once cool, cover tightly.

Good for a year or more

Remember when making salve you can check the consistency of finished product.  Pour small amount and put into the freezer.  After 2 mins take out and see if it is the desired soft/hardness.  to increase softness add more oil, to increase hardness add more beeswax!


Read more on the Language of Daisies


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.