LuminEarth’s FREE Online Guide to Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants
Welcome to LuminEarth’s FREE Online Guide to Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants!
Here we have compiled information on wild edibiles and medicinals, categorized alphabetically by any and all names we’ve come across in our studies for these amazing flora.
Our contributors have committed a great deal of time and energy to studying and experimenting with these plants. Many of these plants we personally use on a regular basis.
Always make sure you can positively identify a plant before using or ingesting it. Many plants have poisonous look-alikes!
Some people may find raw leaves and flowers difficult to digest.
Peterson’s Field Guide (A Guide to Edible Wild Plants) indicates that raw leaves and flowers are difficult to digest, but they can be eaten in quantity if if soaked a few hours in hot water or cooked in some manner. Also dried flowers and seeds can be ground into flour.
-Cindy MoonRose, Eatable Weed Walks and Plant Classes
My family and I eat many of the more tender plants such as dandelion greens, violet leaves, and broadleaf plantain raw mixed in salads with other greens and vegetables with no problem.
If you are interested in the medicinal value of these wild plants, you may also like to read:
- How to Dry and Store Herbs
- How to Make Herbal Blends
- How to Make Herbal Syrups
- How to Make Herbal Lozenges
- How to Make Your Own Tinctures in Eight Easy Steps
- How to Make Herbal Tinctures From Any Loose Herb
- Commonly Used Herbology Terms and Definitions
We hope you enjoy this information, and put it to good use in the near future!
Herbs that grow in an area take on the characteristics of their environment and are particularly useful for the treatment of those ailments associated with the climate and other conditions of the area. In any region, there are perhaps a dozen important herbs that can be used to treat most illnesses encountered there.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
The LuminEarth Library
Here is a list of some the books used in our research and experimentation. Enjoy!
- A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guide)
- Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: When and Where to Find Them by William Hutson
- Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places by “Wildman” Steve Brill
- Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies: Natural Health, Beauty & Home Care Secrets by Jude C. Williams, M.H.
- Ortho’s All About Herbs by Maggie Oster
- Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar
- Secrets of the Chinese Herbalists by Richard Lucas
- Sunset Herbs: An Illustrated Guide by The Editors of Sunset Magazine
- The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer
- The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B. White, M.D.
- The Herbal Home Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics and Syrups by Joyce A. Wardwell
- The Natural Physicians’s Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies Medical Doctors Don’t Know by Mark Stengler, ND
- The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine by Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D.
- The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D.
- Wildflowers of the Land Between the Lakes Region, Kentucky and Tennessee
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