Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dandelion and Rainboots...

...have not too much in common. Although they meet quite regulary recently when I'm out and about in our yard to collect Dandelion Leaves.
It's too sad that the properties of this common plant are rarely appreciated these days. Well, here's to the Dandelion ;)

Nearly every part of the Dandelion is edible. Since the first fresh leaves peeked out I collected them to add to our salads and what we don't consume I dry to use in my Herbal Tea Blends.
Usually I take the time a few times a year to dig up the roots of the Dandelion too. I wash and dry them. Herbalists have long prescribed dandelion root tea to relieve acne and eczema as well as to enhance liver function. It's on of the best herbal diuretics.

Since everyone probably knows how a Dandelion looks like, I thought I just introduce my very soon to be replaced rainboots ;)

Thanks for reading - comments are always welcome!!! :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What would I do without Elder Berries...

...from the plant also known as
Sambucus spp (Nigra for berries and Canadensis for flowers) American Elder, Common Elder, Black Elder, Bour Tree, and European Black Elder.

Too many good things to tell about this Tree (or rather tall bush).

I already added some information on the Herbal ABC here on this blog, but no picture yet. Here it is, my Elder Berry in mid April

I'm looking forward to harvest Elder Flowers and Elder Berries again this year. Of course, I always leave enough for birds and bees and butterflies :)