Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October Fieldtrip

We were so blessed to be a part of a great field trip last week.
A fellow homeschooling dad who is studying under the herbalist
who studied under 
offered to host a field trip on his property.
For a couple of hours, we were able to take a tour of his property.
We stopped and talked about trees, flowers and plants.
He identified the plants for us and discussed their medicinal uses.
Anyone who knows me...
knows this field trip was more fun for me than the kids.
I loved every minute of it...
and when he offered to host another walk...
I was ready to sign up that day!
Here are some of the fascinating things we learned...
Smart Weed
pink and white variety
an herb to support the kidney's
good to combine with sumac
asks as catalyst for other herbs

sumac berries
can use to make homemade pink lemonade
boil water first...add berries...let steep
helps treat bladder infections
(white berries indicate...poison sumac)
make a tea with flowers
supports kidney/bladder 
Wood Sorrel
see the heart shaped leaves...three leaves in a cluster
Add to salads...High in Vitamin C
used to treat scurvy
(although too much can result in kidney stones)
yellow dock
large leaves in center...
cooked or raw
liver herb
Hard to see here...but when you break the stems open a white latex liquid oozes out
the liquid is caustic
good for warts, moles, skin cancers
Loblolly Pine
pine needle tea
High in Vit. C
resin acts as an antibacterial on wounds and also seals it.

mimosa "flower of happiness"
mood elevator
tea from blooms for 4 weeks or more
Isn't this all so fascinating?


Heather Johnson said...

How fun!! I want to go next time!!

Amanda said...


what a wonderful opportunity!
I'm happy ya'll took advantage of it.

thank you for sharing what you learned as well!