I have had questions as to what books are good to help with natural ideas of surviving. Ideas for foraging. There are a couple books that I think are invaluable. They contain information on just about everything you can think of. Recipes to how to dress out a chicken to planting potatoes - you name it.
We need knowledge. If things ever get so bad that we are in total upheaval - there will be no white knight coming. Your goal will be to survive and help your family. Your knowledge and your pantry will be your security.
You all know I am not an alarmist - but I am not stupid either. I know I need to have some skills and some information that could help me and others.
Foraging can be our friend. I know people live in cities too - not everyone is country. I am suburbs - yet I can forage around the area. I can forage my own yard! There is a park close by. There are empty properties. Trust me - if I were hungry, I could find something to eat. It may not be a well-rounded diet - but I would survive and have some decent intake of vitamins and minerals.
HOW you say?
I was out pulling weeds the other and there is this one weed that is prolific in my yard. Creeping Charlie (ground ivy) takes over in no time. As I was pulling, I thought, goodness if this was edible, the surrounding kingdom would be saved!!!!! LOL! Guess what? It is!!!!!!
Dandelions - all parts are edible and useable. Roots, leaves, and flowers. I remember my folks fixing dandelion greens. Teas and tinctures can be made from the roots. Flowers used in making jelly or added to salads.
Purslane - I have a lot of this as well. I do use it in salads in the summer. It has a light peppery taste. It can be cooked or used raw. Super high in vitamins and minerals. It is a great antioxidant.
Clover - flowers can be made into jelly. Clover is used mainly as a medicinal. Do research before eating a lot of the plant.
Wild violets - both flower and plant are edible. Cooked or raw. The leaves are great for medicinal purposes. It is antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Valued as a pain reliever.
There are many, many weeds that are perfectly fine to eat. You want to make sure they have not been treated with chemicals and are in 'pet free' areas (if you know what I mean).
There are tons of flowers that are edible. They can be eaten in salads with greens or other plants or used in many other way. You can make flavored honeys, syrups, sugars, vinegar, teas, liquor, etc.
Nasturtiums, daylily, tulips, roses, chives, sunflower, lilac, lavender, bee balm flowers, calendula (marigold), mums, gladiola flowers, carnations/dianthus..........
You can young shoots of Hosta - supposedly this is a delicacy. Fiddleheads - you ng shoots of ferns are good. Don't forget mushrooms! YES, you need to know what you are getting to be safe. This is when knowledge is important!!!!! Now is the time in my area/state for morel mushrooms. They grow profusely in the woodsy areas after a period of cool and damp weather. Oh my goodness, they are wonderful. They are super expensive if you can find them to buy - like $50+ a pound!!!!
I am a huge fan of holistic medicine and living. I hate doctors. It is just my opinion, but I believe - Natural is for long term health and pharma is covering up the symptoms. I truly don't believe pharma cures anything - it just masks it. If you live healthy and natural I believe you can truly stay healthier.
AGAIN - this is just MY opinion - so not looking to be beat up for it. We all have to do what we think is right for us.
We have become a world of people that expects to be taken care of. It aint going to happen when to going gets tough. You will need to secure in the idea that you are on your own. You need knowledge! You need skills. You need to embrace new ideas and methods.
God gave us what we need on this earth. We just have to educate ourselves. Do the research and learn.
And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it is so.
I will follow up soon, with a post on many medicinal plants and herbs. There are many that help with all kinds of problems.
Hope this answers a few questions. There is so much to learn about what nature has to offer us.
Thanks for the book suggestions. May I also suggest that we don't forget that treasure from back in the 70s, BACK TO BASICS? It contains a wealth of information on self sufficiency. It's front and center on my bookshelf and I pull it out regularly. Has some good canning and preserving information, as well as how to dry herbs and make an emergency outdoor oven, among many, many, many other topics.ReplyDelete
Thank you!!!! Another great book to have.Delete
I have the book on the right and it is stuffed with information. Great book! Dandelion root is liver cleansing at it's best. Everyone needs to clean up their liver unless you have never taken meds or even Tylenol. When I am at the grocery store I am thinking of what the different fruits and vegetables are good for when I am choosing them. Right now we need some blood thinning so we are eating raw spinach daily. Bananas for potassium. Strawberries cleanse every cell in the body. Raw carrots for beta carotene which is good for brain function for us. This is what we need tp know! Start your day with a raw fruit or vegetable to cleanse the body. A huge smoothie is not needed. Just a half an apple does wonders and is inexpensive. God gave us everything we need to stay healthy!ReplyDelete
Yes mam, God did give us all we need.Delete
There are just so many things that people don't think about. Many have no idea what great benefits we get from using fresh foods. Nature is wonderful and it can take care of us. I love fresh fruit and veggies. That is why summer and fall appeal to me for all the fresh foods.
Thank you (and Lori) for the titles, which I've added to my Amazon wish list. All good tips. Thanks to Lana, too. LOVE this group!ReplyDelete
You are very welcome. This group is the best - we have so many knowledgeable folks!Delete
Yes, thank you for the titles. I put the two books you recommended and also Back to Basics on hold at the library. Wow, we have a fortune in our backyard with the creeping charlie. I was telling the Urban Farmer that it was edible. My dogs love dandelion root and the chickens love the leaves.ReplyDelete
It sure was hot and sticky today but we'll take it! Supposed to be super hot in Texas where our oldest daughter lives in the DFW metroplex.
Hope you can find the books. They are sure a value for the home library. I have a fortune in my yard as well!Delete
Try and stay cool - sounds funny to say that!
I am going to have to look for those books. Thanks for the suggestions.ReplyDelete
You are welcome. They are real treasuresDelete
I love that you going to do more posts on foraging! I remember the Greek ladies next door who would forage across the street in a field. I was always jealous they had such a good time. You could hear them laughing and picking. What I don't know but they did this a lot. Smart!ReplyDelete
We actually have a health food store in our back yards. Most just don't know it. What a neat story. I bet they were having a ball.Delete
I have Carla Emery's book 1977 edition. I picked it up at our church rummage sale for probably a dollar or less maybe 20 years ago. I love buying these sorts of books. I don't know why I was attracted to collecting them as I wasn't anticipating the apocalypse but I'm sure glad I have them now! I've always had a spirit of dyi so I guess that's why. I would love to find a book with good, clear color pictures of wild edibles. Drawings of plants safe to eat doesn't make me confident!ReplyDelete
What a deal you got! The book on the left above I bought for my parents way back. I got it when they passed. Knowledge is golden!Delete
My dad was kind of ahead of the times back in the 60's and 70's. He was an organic gardener and loved learning all kinds of things. He got me interested.
I love books on gardening and nature and health - have many that I got cheaply over the years.
You are lucky to have those books!
Thank you so much! I will definitely check into those books! I appreciate it so much. God bless you!ReplyDelete
You are welcome. They contain about everything we might need to know!Delete
Yes, we do need to be able to take care of ourselves as there is no white knight coming to save us. Great blog post, Cheryl. Our yard is filled with wild daisies right now. They are so beautiful.ReplyDelete
Thanks - no, no one will save us but ourselves! I bet that is just lovely!Delete
I have 3 of the Rodale press Stockpile books. Another great source o info.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I will look for those!Delete