Wild Roses

Ahhh the Wild Rose, growing free and undisturbed in the fields and meadows of the prairie lands. The rolling hills of Alberta are littered with deep pinkish and pale roses growing up to nine feet when watered. After wild crafting the Wild Rose flowers and petals the first year, the flower becomes even more so abundant the following year. Collecting the fruit in the fall after first weeks frost also yields more abundant flowers and therefor the fruit, in the following year.

Rose petal tea is ever so pleasantly enjoyed with other flavours of the master herbalists garden. Medicinally the Wild Rose holds little virtue, but it is still useful in pediatrics and for other patients whose medicine could use a boost of agreeable flavour. Most herbal medicine prescriptions are absolutely disgusting in taste, so to that the Rose comes in as an aid.

rose7The fruit is a thousand time more filled with Vitamins than most of the other fruits, especially of Vitamin C. Certainly herbalists enjoy a pesticide-free environment without using a chemical fertilizer, in the perfect scenario. So if your looking for a vitamin rich fruit or don`t agree with the use of laboratory made vitamins, Wild Rose hips are the way to go.

Good luck trying to find any of these ingredients though. Rose hip jam is rare in a specialty grocery, let alone a conventional one. Wild Rose hip jam is guaranteed to be non-existent in the store near you.

Lemon Thyme & Spices

Oh Lemon Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, fresh Cilantro, and Parsley, tastes so sweet with meats and other game. Being Vegan and Gluten sensitive, these “spices” become not so flavourful after all, especially to the plethora of other (aquatic & land based) plants. The truth is, trying out different diets all the time is very hard on the spleen/pancreas and stomach. Probably on the SM Intestine and LG Intestine and therefor the Lungs too since most of these organs relate to ingestion of foods and processing building blocks for new cell growth regeneration in some way. Our ancestors have always hunted and grown various grains. Not eating what your lineage raised your genes on might be the worst thing ever.

Veganism has always been around though, and there is hope for the meat eater, and that hope lies in consuming those plants known to many as spices. Think Celery Seed, Peppercorns of various colors, and perhaps Chaste Tree Berries along with your steak.

Lets just say that Chaste Tree Berries regulate hormones in a positive and balancing way. Sure you get the odd complaint, but it is also used for addictions. Two birds with one stone… meat is modified hormonally, genetically, and in who know knows how many other ways, plus all that blood eating can be addictive.

Again I say for some peoples lineage, gorging on flesh exposed to high amount of heat is necessary for optimum health, in fact, it is medicinal in some cases. The point is to always include some kind of `spice`if you will to help your body digest it, especially if eaten late at night. With wine. White.

Applemint Cornbread Recipe

Applemint is distinct by the round shape other mints don’t possess. Its height is also higher than other mints and it is wooly, especially on the underside.

Like all mints, Applemint consumed in large quantities will produce a sweat and release the exterior of colds/flus caused by the bacteria living in the air and stirred up by wind during the spring/fall season especially.

Any mints speciality is its ability to cool the body, especially the liver, but still having diaphoretic action. Peppermint being the most cooling and diaphoretic, while Applemint having the strongest effect on the lungs not so much the liver.

In very small quantities it is used to flavour food and drink. Here’s my favorite Applemint Cornbread Recipe which was inspired by a Martha Stewart cornbread recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted Cocoa butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 1/3 cup flour, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped Applemint leaves
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup Almonds, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Dust and butter a small-medium pan. Whish butter & sugar until soft and fluffy. Then add orange zest, 1/4tsp lemon extract, juice, Applemint, baking powder, flour, cornmeal, and nuts, mixing well between each addition.

  2. Pour batter into a small medium oven-proof dish, buttered and dusted. Decorate with nuts

  3. Bake an hour with a temperature of 325 degrees

Burdock & Sweet Woodruff

Very useful in diabetic cases as the leaves have a rare use amongst medicinal plants. Burdock leaves impart strength and improve the tonicity of the stomach.

Another leaf, while were at it, Sweet Woodruff is a warm and friendly stomachic. Often times in the old days the leaves of these plants were in everyday salads and it was a common thing to eat. Everybody could use some increase in tone in the stomach. Sure, the phytochemicals of burdock and woodruff amplify my digestive functions of the stomach

Both plants are perennials, coming back each year, superior to annuals in strength of surviving the winter.

Bistort Root Powder

Why its a miracle plant according to every herbal written in history. Not exactly but Mrs. M. Grieve, Solomons Herbal, the Universal Herbal (1832), and Northern Bushcraft hold the root powder of this plant in high esteem.

Find out more information on what Solomons Herbal says about Bistort Root here and now. The whole plant can be juiced safely. A powder of the leaves kills worms, or any parasite. A powder of the root makes you sweat.

SOME MODERN HERBAL RECIPES IN WHICH BISTORT IS AN INGREDIENT

—Infants’ Diarrhcea Syrup—
1 OZ. Bistort root, 1/4 oz. Cloves, 1/2 oz. Marshmallow root, 1/4 oz. Angelica powder, 1/4 oz. best Ginger powder.

Bruise the root and cloves small. Add 1 1/2 pint boiling water and simmer down to a pint. Then pour boiling mixture upon the powder, mix well and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to get cold, strain and add lump sugar, sufficient to form a syrup, boil up again, skim, and when cold bottle for use.

This may be given to children in a little Raspberry Leaf Tea, 3 to 6 teaspoonfuls daily, according to age of child. If bleeding from bowels, or flux, a tea of Cranesbill is recommended instead of Raspberry Tea. (SKELTON) .

—Haemorrhoids—
1/2 OZ. Marshmallow root powder, 1/2 oz. Bistort root powder, 1/2 oz. Cranesbill root powder.

Mix the powders thoroughly and then form into a stiff paste with treacle. Preserve in a jar and take a small quantity (about the size of a bean) three times a day. When constipation is present, 1/4 oz. Turkey rhubarb powder may be added to the other powdered roots. For the blind piles, 1/2 oz. Barberry bark should be added.

Pile Ointment should be applied at the same time, made as follows: 1/2 oz. Bistort root, 1/2 oz. Cranesbill herb, cut up fine.

Simmer gently for an hour with 2 OZ. lard and 2 OZ. mutton suet. Strain through a coarse cloth and squeeze out as much strength as possible. Add 1 OZ. Olive oil and mix well. Allow to cool gradually. This is equally good for Chapped Hands, Sore Lips, etc. (SKELTON.)

—Decoction for Piles—
1 OZ. Marshmallow root, 1 oz. Bistort root, 1 oz. Comfrey root, 1 OZ. White Poplar bark, 1 OZ. Cranesbill, 1 OZ. Yarrow, drachms each Cloves and Cinnamon.

Bruise the roots, add 2 quarts of water and boil 20 minutes, then add the herbs, Cloves and Cinnamon and boil 10 minutes longer. Strain and sweeten with brown sugar.

Dose, a wineglassful four times a day. Also use Celandine (Pilewort) Ointment. (Medical Herbalist.)

—Gargle for Ulcerated Tonsils—
2 drachms Tincture of Bistort root, 2 drachms Tincture of Bloodroot. Add 2 tablespoonsful of warm water.

Use as gargle, or spray the throat.

—Compound Bistort Wash—
1 drachm Tincture of Bistort, 1/2 oz. Bayberry powder.

Infuse the powder in 8 oz. of boiling water let it remain until cold, strain the liquid off clear, add the tincture and use freely morning, noon and night.

In inflamed mucous discharges from the ears, nose, vagina, urethra or any other part, this wash is exceedingly useful. (National Botanic Pharmacopoeia.)

—For Diabetes—
Fluid Extract Bistort, Jambul Seed, Pinus Can, Rhus Aromat., Potentilla Tormentilla of each 2 drachms. The same quantity of Tincture of Hydrastis.

Put the whole into a 12-OZ, bottle and fill with distilled water. Dose, 1 tablespoonful every four hours after meals. (Medical Herbalist.)

CULINARY USE

—Recipe for Bistort Pudding—
The Herb Pudding still eaten in Cumberland and Westmorland, where Bistort is common in moist meadows and is also cultivated, is a very wholesome dish and very suitable in May, when ordinary green vegetables used to be scarce.

The chief constituents are Bistort shoots and Nettles, and the younger and fresher these greens are the more satisfactory is the resultant food. Allow about 1 1/2 lb. of Bistort to 1 lb. of Nettles. A few leaves of Black Currant and Yellow Dock may be added and a sprig of Parsley. Wash the vegetables thoroughly (in salt and water in the last rinsing), then chop them fairly fine. Place them in a bowl and mix in about a teacupful of barley (washed and soaked), half a teacupful of oatmeal, salt and pepper to flavour, and if liked, a bunch of chives mixed. Boil the whole in a bag for about 2 1/2 hours, to allow the barley to get thoroughly cooked. The bag should be tied firmly, for while the greens shrink, the barley swells. Turn out into a very hot bowl, add a lump of butter and a beaten egg: the heat of the turned-out pudding is sufficient to cook the egg.

Mrs M. Grieve

Northern Bushcraft doesn’t give it any medicinal qualities and says of its root powders ability to be used as flour.

Stinging Nettle Soufle

Stinging Nettle roots are an alterative for small glandular tissues, such as the prostate. Stinging Nettle leaves are used medicinally as an antihistamine. Reducing the symptoms of allergies. Only in those cases can Stinging Nettle be used on a timely basis in very large quantities.

The poisonous sting by a Stinging Nettle is the sensation felt when a microscopic poison filled spike jabs the skin, breaks off from the mother plant, and releases a substance into the skin. This fluid is the centre of modern scientific research. The juice dies off fairly quickly when cooked, such as in this altered Martha Stewart recipe…

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups Stinging Nettle, well washed, tough stems removed
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups skim Almond or other milk
  • 1/2 teasoop salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 whole large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)
  • 2 large egg whites

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter & flour 2 quart dish and coat with breadcrumbs. Tap out excess; set aside.

  2. Chop Stinging Nettle to desired size and steam in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons water.

  3. Melt butter and whisk in flour, cook to desired shade. Whisk in the milk, preferably warm to bring to a simmer. When slightly thickened, stir in salt and pepper. Remove from heat, and pour into a medium sized bowl. Add cheese and stir until melted. Then stir in 2 egg yolks. Then add steamed and strained spinach. Be careful not to cook the eggs with the sauce.

  4. Whisk 4 egg whites until soft peaks form and fold into spinach mixture. Pour in dish and bake 20 to 30 minutes, until golden and fluffy.

Stinging Nettle leaves are rich in iron and used much like cooked spinach. Recommended is not raw Stinging Nettle leaves. The root might be a different story.

“…take a dose of Valerian in tea or tincture and then, with a quiet and attentive mind, observe for yourself how it makes you feel. I do not think you will at first feel Valerian very much in your head. although that might come later, rather it firstly works at helping to relax the deeper subconscious tension that we hold in our bodies. Observe how it affects your breathing and your heart rate and how it goes into the core of your body and lingers there! This ancient way of ‘experiential’ learning can do more to help you truly understand the ‘action’ of the plant than any amount of academic study, but you will have to try for yourself to see what I mean!“
said by Richard Whelan

That and it is warming so be careful if you exhibit a red face, red hands, or red anywhere on the body.

`…large doses, too often repeated, have a tendency to produce pain in the head, heaviness and stupor.`
said by Mrs. M Grieve

She said that the fresh juice of the root has the power to stop a seizure. She also calls it a stimulant, reaffirming its warming qualities as stated by Richard Whelan.

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Valerian does survive the winter here so this plant will be on the list to grow amongst other woodland plants. Mrs. M Grieve said it requires plenty of watering and weeding. It will fit right in with the rest of the foresty types.