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Spring’s Healing Herbs

In the spring there is an abundance of edible and medicinal herbs readily available for you to seek out or grow yourself.

| October 2016

  • Using methods from this book, you can create herbal remedy formulas that will be custom-made based on your unique strengths and weaknesses.
    Photo by Fotolia/kerdkanno
  • “Secret Medicines from Your Garden” by Ellen Evert Hopman.
    Photo courtesy Healing Arts Press

Master herbalist Ellen Evert Hopman has researched and written about various flowers, trees, and weeds for use in food, medicine, and spiritual growth. In her book Secret Medicines from Your Garden (Healing Arts Press, 2015), she explores the properties of these plants and how you can incorporate them into your life. Combining ancient wisdom, folklore, and modern research, Hopman presents to readers the power of wild herbs and their healing benefits.

Herbs of Spring

A weed is a plant whose uses have yet to be appreciated.

I live in an oak forest in New England. There is very little light here for growing things, so I mostly rely on wildcrafted roots, barks, leaves, flowers, and berries, but I follow a few cautions before I pick.

• The first is expressed by an old Native American saying: “Walk by the first seven, leave the eighth for the animals, and you may take the ninth.” Always leave enough plants behind to feed the wild creatures and to make seed for next year’s crop.



• Gather plants at least one thousand feet from a roadway to avoid the pollutants that abound there, such as those from car exhaust and brake linings.

• Act fast, because Nature doesn’t wait: there is usually just a short window of opportunity for gathering from the wild.



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