We Love Wildcrafting so much!
some wildcrafted herbs the Green Goddess, family & friends collected in 2016:
stinging nettle, horsetail, yarrow, mint, red clover blossoms, Wild Rose, golden rod, dandelion root, pineapple weed(Wild Chamomile), plantain, Rose hips, chaga, birch sap, lamb's quarters, chickweed, Spruce tips, fiddle heads, Dandelion leaf, Fireweed Flowers, nasturtiums, wild asparagus, wild onion, wild strawberries, saskatoons, currants, & raspberries.
Wildcrafting is "the practice of harvesting plants from their natural or "wild" habitat, for food or medicinal purposes. It's not limited to wilderness areas. Ethical considerations are often involved, such as protecting endangered species." -Wikipedia
Wildcrafting - A Step Beyond "Organic"? When responsibly harvesting a plant from it's natural & vibrant habitat, these happy herbs are often the most nutrient rich. This equates to more benefits for us lucky ones!
If you get a product that has wildcrafted herbs in it, consider it custom made. You can't walk into very many stores and pick up a packet of Wildcrafted tea, or herbs today, because of several reasons:
Time Specific; Plants grow in seasons and some things (like the Birch Sap that The Green Goddess sipped while making her deodorants in the Spring) are only available for 10 days! That's right, less than two weeks. A very small window of time! So if you don't know exactly when and where to look, the plants are past their due date and won't yield the gorgeous high nutritious goodness. Think about how many weeks of the year Strawberries are at their peak - not very many - considering the rest of the year we have! There are certain weeks they are more juicy and sweeter than the rest. The same applies for the rest of nature's goodies.
Region Specific; Many plants only grow in certain areas. Did you know that summer 2015 was one of the best years for mushroom picking up north? People came from all over the world to gather wild mushrooms, some valued at over $1000, and $500 a day.
The Environment; When things are grown in Monocultures (large pieces of land that just grow one or two things) it's not good for the environment, plants or us! In the Wild, plants grow together in harmony, complimenting each other by absorbing different nutrients from the soil, which in turn, benefits other plants around it!
Skill & Knowledge; The Green Goddess has been gathering all kinds of information on wildcrafting in order to learn how to enjoy the art responsibly. She is a student of Herbology and is ever-learning how to be a responsible steward to the land and practice the art of Wildcrafting. And then the real fun begins - the creating of beauty products, tinctures, salves, clays, scrubs and bath salts...just one of the things that makes The Green Goddess's products unique.
Dehydrating Dandelion Roots
Freshly dug Selenite
Drinking Birch Sap while making Deodorants
Chickweed & Lamb's Quarters Pesto
You can collect everything so much from the Wild! Grab your family and get outdoors! See what wild things you can find and add into your food, tea, and of course, into your natural DIY cosmetics!
The Green Goddess uses as much Wildcrafted herbs as possible in your Bath and Beauty Products! Watch for more to be added in future products, too!
If you want to learn more about wildcrafting with your family, we recommend the board game Learning Herbs to play with your family!