Do you know that there is a world of plants growing right outside your door that have the potential to improve your health and ease ailments?
It seems like overnight everything outdoors has turned lush and green and bloomed right before my very eyes in my part of the country. I was riding down the road with my mom last week and asked her when exactly everything decided to bloom; the last time I looked at the trees, they were bare, but on this day I saw green everywhere I looked!
Spring is such an exciting time for me. There are plants at every turn just beckoning me to discover what they are and how they can be used. Even though I have been on this herbal journey for a while now, I discover new things all the time. There is so much to learn, and each spring and summer offer a promise of more discoveries to be made. This is the perfect time of year to grab an identification book and head outdoors to become more familiar with the edible foods that surrounds us. I especially enjoy teaching my children which plants are safe to eat and how we can use them as medicine. This is homeschooling at its best!
Learning herbs can be overwhelming if you are not familiar with some of them already. I know how that feels because I was there at the beginning of my journey too. The best thing to do is to choose one herb to study at a time. Learn that herb as well as you know the back of your hand: what parts of the plant you can use, which season is best to harvest, how it can be used as medicine. When you’ve mastered one herb, move on to another.
It’s good to know about edible herbs because plants freshly picked in the wild are so very good for you in your everyday diet, and it’s also important to know these plants for survival situations.
Let’s talk about some common edible plants that easily grow in yards across America and other parts of the world. This list is just a few of the edible plants available for our use. There are so many more to learn about!