Re: medicinal herbs
- Hi all--busy seed harvesting and doing garden work the past few weeks so I
have not responded to many posts. But I did want to jump in on the topic of
using medicinal herbs in the seedball mix. Actually this is my main passion
and focus in my seed harvesting and redistribution. I think these plants are
healing not only for us but for the earth. I haven't the time to go into an
extended or well-researched essay at the moment, though I would like to
submit an article of this nature to the website when life slows down a bit.
Yes, gathering the healing herbs does require patience and helps us to
cultivate a better understanding of our bodies' needs as well as the
enviroments' needs--intuition tells me "as above, so below" The process of
learning to identify and cultivate the wildlings, the beneficial healing
plants has been the most important part of the process for me. Just being
with these plants makes me a healthier person.
Collecting their seeds has put me in touch with a whole new part of the life
cycle--rebirth. Plants are no longer "dead" to me once their blooms have
faded or their fruits are harvested. Now I pay close attention to their
survival strategies, I see the process to fruition. The diversity is truly
On a less metaphysical track--when I see the number of birds, bees,
butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects these plants attract
to my garden, I know that I am doing the right thing. When I see the worn
out soil growing richer year after year, I am rewarded. And when I am just
too plain lazy to weed, I feel less guilty! I am a lousy vegetable gardener,
truth be told, but a great forager! My spinach harvest was minimal this
year, but there has never been any lack of lambsquarters volunteers to go
into the pot.
In addition to their nourishing values, many of these plants also act as
great "foils" for predatory insects. I seldom experience mass attacks of
destructive insect populations now that I mix my herbs, wild and
domesticated plants in the garden.
> Knowing Fukuoka, it probably is the gathering, just as for Henry Thoreau,it was the "sauntering."
> Bob Monie(watercress,
> "J. P." wrote:>>> He says that gathering the "seven herbs of spring"
> shepherd's purse, wild turnip, cottonweed, chickweed, wild radish, and beeconsumption
> nettle) will make a person gentle.
> this part had me chuckling - is it the gathering process, or the
> that brings on the gentleness LOL! because those are such little plants!
> one must cultivate patience!
> Los Angeles