#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

Chickweed Medicine

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

 

Chickweed can be used internally as a demulcent and externally as an emollient.  It typically is made into tinctures, oils, ointments and salves yet it can also be mashed or infused with water for hot and inflamed skin conditions.    Chickweed contains astringent properties that is wonderful for hot and inflamed conditions.  It is also made into tea for herbal remedies.  Why not a flower essence?

Chickweed Infusion for Skin, Bites, Rashes, Itchiness, Painful Joints & Bruising

Add 1 cup freshly chopped (1/3 cup dried) chickweed to 4 cups boiling water and let it sit for up to 20 minutes before adding it to your bath water or cool to apply to skin to sooth bug bits, chicken-pox, rashes, bruises and joint pain.

Chickweed Tea as a Laxative

Steep 1 tablespoon fresh chopped (1 teaspoon) chickweed in one cup of hot water and steep into herbal tea for constipation or ease digestion.  Drink 3 to 4 times a day until condition improves.

Chickweed Poultice

Mash fresh chickweed to add to skin conditions such as bruising, bug bits, rashes, boils, chick-pox, wounds and slivers.  As the chickweed mash dries it will pull out slivers, poisons and toxins.

 

More on Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Chickweed Pesto Recipe

Buy Dried Canadian Chickweed


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 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Chickweed (Stellaria media)

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

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Chickweed

Also known as:  Common, Star or Mouse-ear Chickweeds, Winterweed

Uses:  Culinary,  Herbal, Tea, Medicinal, Poultice, Topical Skin Products, Detox, Laxative, Digestion, Weight Loss, Decoction, Insect Bites, Rashes

Parts used:  Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Preparation:  Tea, Tinctures, Vinegar,Oil, Flower Essence, Skin Care, Soap-making, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Bathing, Shampoo, Lotions, Ointments, Infused Water

Recipes


  • Symbolizes:   Fidelity & Love
  • Language of Flowers meaning:  Rendezvous (coming together)
  • Associated with: Relationships in a Community, Sacral Chakra
  • Element:  Water
  • Governed by:  Moon

Culinary

Chickweed can be tossed into salads, grilled in butter, added to eggs and used in your green drinks.  It is spinach like and can replace it in recipes.  Try it in pesto for noodles or spread.  It is nutritious and tasty.  Chickweed contain high levels of flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients help fight free radicals that cause disease and chronic conditions.

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Health & Wellness

When my children came down with chickenpox I remembered my mother telling me that chickweed would decrease the itching of this condition.  I had to go on a hunt in our community to find some.  That was the begining of infusing this weed to bath the children.  I now pick from a patch planted in our little garden to infuse with water for the cats water.  It is useful for cats and hairballs!

It is  a healing herb and useful for constipation, wounds, eczema, insect bites, bruises, joints, inflammation and tension.

A cup of Chickweed Tea before meals can slow down the bodies intake of fat so helps with weight loss.

Read more:

 Buy Canadian Chickweed 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.


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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

#edibles in grocery parking lot

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

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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.)


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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.