Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I thought I'd share some photos from recent wildharvesting trips we've made around the community. There's nothing I'd rather do! Later, when the harvest slows a bit, I'll post more information on the many wonderful benefits these lovely plants offer, and how to utilize them.

Weed Heaven! :)

Mullein - without a doubt, one of my all time favorite herbs.
Leaves to dry and to tincture!

Mullein flowers, close up. Aren't they beautiful? They're a bit labor intensive to harvest, but it's a true labor of love. It's very calming and good for the soul. I'm going to tincture some, and make a healing infused oil with the rest.

Beautiful Sumac berries, jam packed with Vitamin C and makes a delicious lemonade!

Elderflower, a gorgeous cold and flu remedy, if there ever was one. I wouldn't be without this reliable remedy in my cupboard! The berries are ripening now, as well, and I'll be harvesting some this weekend for yummy elderberry syrup.

Elderflower, close up. Lovely.

Canada Goldenrod, so bright and cheerful! So very underappreciated, and one of my favorite remedies for upper respiratory congestion, among other things ... I look forward to seeing this wild beauty bloom every year in late Summer.

My husband and 4 year old daughter, harvesting Red Clover.

Bountiful Harvest! Some to dry, some to tincture ... another gem for the herbal medicine cupboard.

Stay tuned, and happy harvesting! :)


Cynthia said...

I look forward to the follow up for this post. I am not familiar with the medicinal benefits of goldenrod so I am looking forward to reading about it. It grows wild here by me and I use it in my natural dyes all the time. It produces a beautiful shade of bright clear yellow.

Harold Stiver said...

Interesting posts.

I think there is a lot of knowledge about medicinal qualities of herbs and plants that needs to be passed on.


Leanne said...

Cynthia - I'm working on the new goldenrod post right now, so stay tuned!

Harold - Thank you! :)

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CatHerder said...

oh i love the sumac berries, theyre so pretty!

Leanne said...

Thank you!

And I agree, the Sumac berries are pretty. They really do make the yummiest pink lemonade!