The Forager’s: Foraging for Summertime Herbs

Go beyond the confines of the garden and into the wild to find some of nature's most valuable medicine. Summer is the perfect time to stock up on nature's healing gifts. But all too often we walk right by these treasures, not recognizing them as valuable plants. Learning how to identify and then use a … Continue reading The Forager’s: Foraging for Summertime Herbs

The Forager’s: Life Root Profile

Senecio aureus Also, Known As: Cocashweed Coughweed False Valerian Golden Ragwort Golden Senecio Liferoot The herb known as the life root is a perennial wildflower species of the daisy family of plants - Asteraceae; it reaches about half to two m in height. A small rosette of basal leaves approximately six to eight inches across … Continue reading The Forager’s: Life Root Profile

Wild Foods and Foraging

It’s all rainy days, low slung clouds, and rain on tin-roofs around the Gunnison Valley these days—a much needed, thirst-quenching storm has arrived and settled in.  A perfect excuse for warm coffee, bouquets of flowers on the table, and a book, of course. It’s also a great time to get well-versed in the foraging dos … Continue reading Wild Foods and Foraging

Mountain States Medicinal Plants

Mountain States Medicinal Plants is an accessible introduction to finding and using wild plants for health and wellness. Beginners seeking reliable advice and experienced practitioners on the hunt for new information alike will delight in the plant profiles, color photographs, step-by-step instruction for essential herbal remedies, and seasonal foraging tips. This indispensable guide is for wildcrafters … Continue reading Mountain States Medicinal Plants

The Forager’s: Skunkbush Profile

Rhus trilobata Also, Known As: Aromatic Sumac Basketbush Fragrant Sumac Ill-scented Sumac Scented Sumac Skunkbush Skunkbush Sumac Squawbush Skunkbush (scientific name Rhus trilobata) is a low-growing, bushy shrub belonging to the sumac genus. Also known as sour berry or three-leaf sumac, it grows up to a height of anything between 2 feet and 6 feet. … Continue reading The Forager’s: Skunkbush Profile