All the plants and fungi we consume can be viewed as medicinal food. The fact that they are growing everywhere around us makes it easier to include them in our diets, thereby helping to prevent illness.
Plants will act on our physiology, nervous system and brain, shortly after they have been eaten or drunk. The various medicinal plant constituents contained in roots, leaves, shoots, flower buds, flowers, and seeds, are released upon digestion and take effect shortly afterwards.
This is why a large, chopped handful of wild garlic leaves, sprinkled over a salad with a dressing of cider vinegar and hemp oil, accompanied by a soothing and nourishing cup of plantain tea, can almost instantly be all that you need to fight off any beginnings of a chest infection.
“If you look at mind as separate from body you fail to recognise your self”
Another great aspect of foraging is that it gives you the choice of eating medicinal food, for body and mind, at any point. Knowing which plants are packing a high nutritional load of trace elements and minerals, potentially enables us to get all we need for healthy body and mind.
As well as the medicinal food articles found here, you may also be interested in my range of Foraging cards. many of the plants found on these pages are featured in my cards.
Seasonal sets of waterproof plant identification cards,
Foragers playing cards,
Foragers plant families ‘SNAP’ / foraging memory pairs game, and my