Things to keep in mind.....
- The most important thing when foraging for food or medicine is positive identification. Make sure you know 100% that what you are collecting is the correct plant.
- Who are the indigenous people of this place? Land Acknowledgement
- Do you need permission or permits for collecting?
- Respect for the plant. Do not over harvest. Think about what effect your harvest will have on the plant.
- Humility. When we are wildcrafting for medicine, we are asking the plant for help. Put aside what you know about the plant, and let go of any preconceived notions and expectations. How can we ask for help if we think we know everything about what it is and what it does? This can be hard for those of us who have been at this a while, memorizing latin names and constituents, but remember to be humble and open and work on building a relationship with the plant as there is so much we can learn from the heart.
- Slow down. Tune into your emotional state. Plant time is much slower than our time. Be present, aware and conscious of what you are doing.
- Be grateful. Give thanks for whatever we receive from the plant. How wonderful it is to be here and harvest medicine?
- Practice regenerative land stewardship. Offer something back to the plant you harvested from. Maybe trim off dead leaves, scatter seeds, clear space around the plant, offer some water.
Wild Edible Plants of the United States by Donald R. Kirk
Pacific States Wildflowers Peterson Field Guide by Theodore Niehaus and Charles Ripper
Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs Peterson Field Guide by Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs
Evolutionary Herbalism: Alchemical Herbalism Class Notes. Sajah Popham
Dandelion Herbal Center. Beginning with Herbs. Class Notes. Jane Bothwell
Mountain Rose Herbs Journal. Issue 1. 2021