Wild foods are not just found out in the wild, but may be found in your yard, along the roadway, in the city park and almost anywhere green will grow. Common ordinary weeds can build and maintain good health, boost your immune system, strengthen your liver, fortify your blood, counter colds and the flu, increase your vitality, and even prevent cancer. This opulence of organic health is easy to identify, easy to prepare, and may be waiting for you in your own backyard.
The best way to stave off illness is to have a robust immune system and wild foods will help you achieve this goal. Honeysuckle and dandelion are immune system boosters.
- Dandelion is a powerful diuretic and helps remove toxins from the liver and kidneys. The leaves, roots, and flowers can be eaten with impunity. Dandelion root tea or a tincture from the fresh plant taken before meals is an aid to digestion.
- Honeysuckle extracts have antiviral and antibacterial properties and aid the respiratory and digestive systems. A tea brewed from honeysuckle flowers has strong antiseptic and anti-microbial properties. Drinking the tea will also ward off colds and the flu.
Wild foods will help you maintain a healthy liver and blood system which goes a long way to maintaining a healthy body. This large organ filters out impurities in the bloodstream and aids proper digestive functioning. Burdock, red clover, plantain, and yellow dock, as well as violet have beneficial effects on liver function and keep your blood rich in iron and nutrients.
- Burdock root can be cooked, dried, or eaten raw and removes heavy metals and chemicals from your system. This herb acts slowly and should be taken for 6 weeks or more to achieve results. Burdock root vinegar will strengthen vein walls. Essential oils from the seeds rubbed on the skin or scalp will encourage the growth of new hair. Burdock was used as a specific cure for breast cancer in the Ukraine.
- Plantain seeds are anti-microbial and the leaves promote blood coagulation, increase iron, and strengthen digestion. Used externally, a poultice made from the leaf of the plant or essential oil reduces cysts, heals skin and connective tissues, stops itching and prevents scars. This herb produces rapid results. Itching, bleeding, and swelling are alleviated in minutes. Two weeks of daily use will result in a noticeable increase in the iron content of the blood. Besides being used as an oil or poultice, you can simply make a salad with the plantain leaves.
- Red Clover – Among wild foods red clover is known as “the herb of immortality”. It can be eaten and a tea or tincture made from the blossoms. Besides protecting the liver and lungs it helps prevent the recurrence of cancer, improves appetite, relieves constipation, eases anxiety, relieves symptoms of menopause, and increases fertility. It also has the ability to repair damaged DNA. Red clover blossoms mixed with ordinary mint and steeped in hot water for several hours is an effective cold remedy.
- Yellow Dock tincture or vinegar builds healthy blood, protects the liver, and acts as a laxative. As a seed tea, it heals mouth sores and checks diarrhea. Additionally, it raises iron levels in the blood twice as fast as iron supplements. This herb can also be used externally as a poultice which dissolves lumps, counter tumors and kill fungal infections. Yellow dock is one of the original plants in the Native American anti-cancer brew known as essiac.
- Violet leaves can be used to brew a safe and vitality-enhancing tonic that rejuvenates fertility. The leaves of this plant have a proven effectiveness against pre-cancerous conditions. Whether taken as an infusion or applied as a poultice, violet has a reputation for dissolving breast lumps and protecting the lungs.
The wild foods at your doorstep are an inexpensive and convenient source of good health.