New Book ‘Wild Remedies’

Learning to make your own medicine is very empowering, especially in this day and age where we need to start looking to local solutions for our food and herbal medicine.

However, when you can make remedies with wild plants that you harvest, you are making medicine that’s more powerful in many ways. Wild plants are also free to harvest and they grow all around us.

That said, it can be very confusing to know where to start.

  • Which plants around me are healing and what do they do?
  • How do you identify these plants and know which ones are safe and which are toxic?
  • How do you harvest wild plants and then turn them into healing remedies?

This is what Wild Remedies is all about.

Wild Remedies shows you the simple way to learn skills that we humans all once knew. Bringing wild remedies into your life can not only help your own health, making wild remedies can help the health of the planet.

Wild Remedies is an action guide, field guide and beautiful cookbook all wrapped up into one stunning package.

Wild Remedies also shows you how to make medicine with the KEY ingredient that’s missing in every store-bought herbal remedy.

One thing is for sure. Herbal medicine is having a heyday. My inbox is full every day with people looking for resources and SO many herb suppliers are ‘out of stock’ in a way that I have never seen before.
Have you mail-ordered more herbs than you normally do? Are you making more herbal medicines, are you learning about the wild plants that grow around you?
The truth is, this is what I have been working on my entire adult life. Helping people get motivated and excited about using herbal medicines in their daily lives.
We do need to pay attention though. The surge of herbal medicine interest needs to happen with awareness and in a way that is regenerative and restorative to the Earth.

In other words, meeting our massive need for herbs right now can become just another extractive industry or it can be done with love and care for the earth in a regenerative way.
I am very happy to recommend a brand-new book to you, that helps us with this exact issue.

Wild Remedies: How to Harvest Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine is a new book by my friends Rosalee de la Forêt and Emily Han. Wild Remedies is an action guide, field guide, and beautiful cookbook all wrapped up into one.
This is the guidebook for the next generation of Earth Stewards. We need guidance on how to harvest plants with a regenerative mindset and Wild Remedies helps us do just that.

In this inspiring book, you’ll learn how to identify and ethically gather local plants, whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural environment. Many of the plants can even grow in your garden. Then, craft your own herbal medicine or make delicious recipes with your harvest.

Rosalee and Emily expertly guide you through the benefits of commonly found wild plants—many of which you can easily grow in your own garden, if foraging isn’t right for you.
After reading Wild Remedies,  you’ll never look at your backyard, a public park, or any green space in the same way again. Instead of “weeds,” you’ll see delicious foods like Dandelion Maple Syrup Cake, Nettle Frittata, and Chickweed Pesto.

You will revel in nature’s pharmacy as you make herbal oils, salves, teas, and many more powerful remedies in your own kitchen.

All of this with the premise of doing it in a way that is regenerative and in a reciprocal way with the health of the earth in mind.

Rosalee and Emily and their love of the plants lead us into what REALLY matters in life. Loving the Earth, connecting with the plants, nourishing ourselves and caring for each other with the medicine that is our food.
30 years ago when I began studying herbal remedies, people would look at me and say,
“What? What is that? It may be a little hard to believe, but Elderberry syrup and St. John’s wort was not the household words that they are now….
But today we celebrate a shift.
Wild Remedies helps us to understand on a deeper level what it takes to create the conditions to feed life and thrive. We are here to love the Earth and love each other. When we create and share feasts with healing herbs and foods, what better way to express that.
I am actually very excited about this (can you tell?) and could go on and on…. But really what I wanted to do today, was invite you to be part of this movement.