When to Wildcraft Bark

Since learning to make my own herbal medicines, one of my favorite activities is wildcrafting medicinal plants. Gathering herbs, turning them into tinctures & teas, and then successfully using them to treat my family’s illnesses makes me feel like I really know what I’m doing! One of the first snags I hit, though, was not …

Backyard Medicine Book Review

Welcome to my Backyard Medicine book review! Do you want to get started wildcrafting? Or are you ready to expand your knowledge to include more plants? This amazing book launched my love of wildcrafting and has a place of honor in my backpack every time I set out to harvest herbs. The Specs Backyard Medicine: …

Wildcrafting in the Spring

Here it is the first week in May. The weather is beautiful, the sunshine is warm and inviting, and all the little growing herbs are enticing us to go wildcrafting in the spring. I know now why people used to dance around the Maypole on the first of May – the sheer joy of spring! …

Top 10 Easiest Herbs to Wildcraft

Spring is here at last, which means the best time of the year for wildcrafting is just around the corner. To get you ready, let’s take a look at the top 10 easiest herbs to wildcraft. Several of them are probably growing happily in your yard right now! Blackberry You’re likely familiar with blackberries from …

Spring Tonics for Health and Vitality

Spring is here! ….or at least, that’s what the calendar says. The temperature did hit 60° here yesterday, so I suppose that counts as a decent start to spring. And if it’s spring, that means it’s time for Granny’s Spring Tonics. What are Spring Tonics? Even in our modern world of 24-hour grocery stores and unlimited …

Where to Buy Quality Herbs

Wildcrafting and shopping for herbs are two of my favorite activities. When using herbs to make medicine, you want to use the highest quality herbs you can find. Old, worn out herbs or ones that haven’t been properly stored will have much less potency than properly-dried and stored herbs. It makes no sense to take …

Late Winter Wildcrafting

Has spring fever got you down? Tired of the same old gray skies and ready to feel some warm grass on your feet? Well, I can’t make the temperatures rise any faster, but maybe I can help you enjoy some outdoors anyway! Where we live in the Appalachian Mountains, we’ve had a rather mild winter. …

Wildcrafting Plantain in Your Own Backyard

Plantain is probably the number one medicinal herb that everyone needs to learn to recognize and use. Wildcrafting plantain is easy, fun, and has a host of medicinal rewards. More than likely, this herb is growing in abundance all over your yard, just waiting to be put to use. It grows basically everywhere, even up …