Foraging and Wildcrafting

Foraging and wildcrafting means using what nature gives us – Wild plants are abundant, flourishing in fields, meadows, woodlands, the seaside, and in your own backyard!

These plants teach us about healing and nourish those who have a calling to walk the green path. Learn how to safely and positively identify wild edible herbs and plants and how to use them. 

Here you’ll learn about wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. I will share my favorite wild edible food foraging recipes made from wild “weeds” and plants that grow in our backyard gardens and in forested areas. You’ll learn how to make delicious edible, medicinal, and healthy recipes with what grows naturally around us.

wild black raspberry jam
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Wild Edible Foods and Ancestral Eating

Today, many herbalists know that ancestral eating contributes significantly to our overall health and wellbeing and believe that the food we consume IS medicine.

dandelion jelly
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

How to Make Amazing Dandelion Jelly: Sunshine in a Jar

I’m going to share with you a super simple recipe for dandelion jelly that has become an early spring favorite in my family. In fact, I like to put up a few jars to open in the winter months as a little reminder that spring isn’t really that far away.

syrup of violets
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

Syrup of Violets: The Perfect Ode to Spring

Syrup of violets is the perfect springtime and early summer treat that’s perfect for special celebrations like Mother’s Day, bridal showers and weddings.

foraging violets
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

Ultimate Guide to Foraging Violets for Food and Medicine

Foraging violets couldn’t be easier in many parts of the US. The tend to grow plentifully, in fact, are often considered invasive, which is good for us foragers and wildcrafters. This allows us to forage violets til our hearts content!

health benefits of mullein
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

Health Benefits of Mullein – An Amazing Herb to Know

Many people are unaware of the health benefits of mullein and regard it as a plant to eradicate from their landscape. The truth, however, is that mullein has many health benefits and is a favorite of many herbalists for its uses and versatility. 

dandelion root tincture
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

Easy Dandelion Root Tincture Recipe

This easy dandelion root tincture recipe is perfect for beginners. Can be used to support overall health and wellbeing as well as for liver, kidney, digestive, and gallbladder support.

uses for forsythia
Herbs
Barbi Gardiner

Surprising Benefits and Medicinal Uses for Forsythia

In addition to their cheery presense, there are a surprising number of other uses for forsythia. They can be eaten and used for medicine. In this article I will show you the benefits and uses for forsythia as well as how make a tincture, tea, syrup, and salve using this lovely plant. 

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