The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

13 Essential Plants for Human Survival

Book - 2014
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The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the thirteen weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. More than just a field guide to wild edibles, it is a global plan for human survival.
Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, ©2014
ISBN: 9781603585163
Branch Call Number: 641.303 BLA 2014
Characteristics: xiv, 358 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Sep 13, 2018

Fantastic and inspiring book. I already love my weeds, anyway, but it's great to have some info to share with others about how to use them and also be inspired by the author's love of nature. It's written in the USA, but all these weeds grow in Australia.
Katrina talks about weeds she uses herself, their latin names and varieties (very helpful), their nutritional value, medical effects, their use in history in the world. It’s an inspiring book – she talks about her annual pilgrimage walks in the mountains to refresh her spirit where she eats wild foods, her spirituality which is tied into nature and what grows..

The weeds she lists are ; Amaranth, chickweed, clover, dandelion, dock, grass, lambsquarter (fat hen and other Chenopodium album and other species) , mallow (Malva neglecta and others), mustard, plantain, purslane, thistle and knotweed, (Polygonum aviculare and related polygonums to buckwheat).

Chapters are called ;
My wild and weedy past
Symbiotic relationships
Nature’s Permaculture plants
Wild intelligence.

I was particularly interested in the chapter on purslane and chickweed, and how nutritious they are and that they can be used as a healing poultice and also as a soothing and healing skin lotions. Chickweed can be made into a skin healing oil that can be used any time as a normal cosmetic and also it can be made into a salve. They are both useful as groundcovers/ cover crops to keep your soil moist stop erosion. Purslane does this over summer as it dies in winter , and chickweed grows during the cooler months. They both regenerate from seeds.

Aug 26, 2015

I loved this book so much that I bought it. Useful information and applicable practices for my own backyard. The pictures help greatly with plant identification too.

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