Edible wild plants help to counteract the effects of headaches, colds, and stomach aches. They are also useful in attending to wounds caused by burns, bites and stings, as well as; problematic skin diseases, and a whole host of other problematic conditions. What follows are some Q & A’s from Tom Brown’s “Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants.” Brown is the director of the world-famous Tracking-Nature and Wilderness Survival School. I have excerpted the following answers to some general questions I formed from the content included in his field guide. Brown, Tom Jr. Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants. I have also included in the resource section below some great publications on the subject and some outstanding videos. Enjoy!!!
What are some of the advantages of using plants for medicinal purposes?
Wild plants are abundantly available and, by and large, they have fewer side effects. Most contain little pollutants and, certainly, none of the preservatives or other chemicals usually found in commercially prepared food added to guarantee its longer shelf life.
What are some of the problems associated with using plants as healing substances?
The problems revolve around obtaining, preparing and measuring the substances extracted from the plants to produce the correct dosage.
How can a person protect themselves from unforeseen allergic reactions to specific edible plants?
What may be good for one person may turn out to be a hazardous plant to another. The best way to know is to try to start with little doses. There are many approaches and variances related to increasing dosages.
Why are medicinal plants not the last word on healing treatment approaches?
Because, certain conditions should not be treated with natural medications – in such instances, medical therapy needs to be sought.
What are some edible plants? And, how can they be eaten as a food
- Jewelweed sprouts – make delicious cooked greens
- Mint – its dried leaves make a great tea (hot or cold)
- Spicebush – great for tea
- Mulberry – scrumptious to eat raw and terrific added to bread or muffin mixtures
- Black mustard – once dried and ground it’s great for using as a spice for fish
- Sweet fern – one of the best teas you will ever taste
- Thistle – can be prepared in much the same manner as asparagus
- Wood Sorrel – succulent green leaves can be added to salads to give them more flavor and spice
- Yucca – its flower petals can be added to salads or just eaten raw
Who is most likely to use plants for medicinal purposes?
Healers and herbalists
What do many of them believe about the power of wild, edible medicinal plants?
Through personal and professional experience many healers and herbalists believe that natural herbs can help cure conditions that have not responded to science, medicine or artificial drugs.
What is one of the best ways to identify a wild edible plant?
Using an up-to-date field guide for wild, edible plants, sample a small portion of the plant and wait a few hours. If there are no side effects, try a little more, then a little more until there is no sign of ill effects.
More Information on the Topic –
16 Picture Plates and Explanations of Medicinal Plants –
Best Books about Medicinal Herbs – Available on Amazon.com
Marty Simon’s Camping Survival Video
Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine – Middle East
Naturalist Steve Brill Introduces Nature’s Gifts: Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants
Edible and Medicinal Plants
Medicinal Plants –
Medicinal Plant Demo