Cinquefoil Herb

Cinque Foil Herb also know as five fingers, crampweed, five leaf grass, goosegrass, goose tansy and silverweed to name a few.

As I was weeding away the dandelions away from my wild irises I noticed this weed that was trying to invade them as well. And I reached out to a Facebook group Alaskan Harvesters that I am in and asked if anyone knew. Some told me a weed pull out, and some others told me it has wonderful medicinal qualities. So I checked out the links and it looks like they have strong medicinal qualities which is great!

It is an astringent, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, tonic, antiseptic, hemostatic and antiphlogistic (which I have no idea but I am going to look it up).

It was used for a laxative by the Paiutes, can be used for a red dye. It is also good for diarrhea, enteritis, inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth and bleeding gums, cancker sores, dysentery and much more!

I don’t know how I am going  use it either dry it, grind up the roots, make a salve, or put it in a tincture. But once I figure out how I will use it I will definitely share my recipes and the process.

Here are some links with Crampweed information.

https://altnature.com/gallery/cinquefoil.htm

http://medicinalherbinfo.org/herbs/Cinquefoil.html

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/f/fivele20.html

On another note! The dandelions are trying to take over my beautiful wild irises and me personally I prefer the iris over the dandelion. I started weeding without even thinking of using the dandelion roots and halfway thru I realized that the dandelion roots are very medicinal and are strong! So I went back to my weed piles and started taking off the roots and setting them aside. I have harvest a bunch of flowers for dandelion salve but have yet to harvest the flowers for dandelion jelly. That is my list this weekend when I can set aside time to take care of the dandelion flowers.

SO! But I did gather some dandelion roots and rinsed them off immediately and they are sitting in the sun drying. Once they are dried and cleaned good I will grind them and figure out what to do with them. Dandelion root is super good for your health! So before you rip out the roots see if you want to harvest them for medicinal or share them with someone who will use them medicinally.

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Here are some awesome links to check out!

https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-leaves-and-dandelion-root

What Are the Health Benefits of Dandelion Root?

Dandelion – A Backyard Herb with Many Benefits

Happy Harvesting!

Recipes for Salves

I am not an expert in gathering or making salves out of cottonwood buds, devils club, dandelion flowers and spruce tips. I am learning as I go and I will share the recipes that I plan on using once they have all infused in the extra virgin olive oil and are ready to be made into salves.

I didn’t grow up learning about them other than caiggluk, berries, wild celery, the grass that you pick in marshy areas and it tastes sweet, ayuq (tundra tea), the tasty pink flowers from the tundra, and the tasty bluebells.

And I am grateful for participating in the Ethnobotany  certificate program thru the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. It has been an amazing experience and I am three classes away from getting my certificate. I was lucky to be able to travel to Nunivak Island for a 2 week class in 2009 and it was amazing and really opened me up to a new world that I never really understood. And I talk to anyone and everyone who knows about using plants and medicine and try and soak up all their information. The internet is also a wonderful tool to find out recipes, and information about each plant. I also have some books at home and I will share those titles because they are also wonderful resources.

So far I have gathered cottonwood buds, devils club, spruce tips, and dandelion flowers. I usually pick them in a jar on my quick 30 minute lunch breaks and cover the tips, or dandelion flowers with extra virgin olive oil until they are completely covered and I let them sit in my car in the sun. I have heard and read different times to let them infuse in the sun and so I am just winging it. I check to make sure they are covered in oil daily and shake up the jar or add more oil if need be.

I have heard that you can use other oils like sunflower oil, almond oil, coconut oil. But I just extra virgin olive oil because it seems to be the cheapest and I get more for my dollar.

If I am going to use the spruce tips for jelly or tea I let them infuse in water in the sun. They are also good just to snack on and they are pretty citrusy and sour but you get used to the taste.

I also plan on making some dandelion jalapeno jelly and I will use this recipe and just add a couple jalapenos in the mix.

Dandelion Jalapeno Jelly:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/dandelion-jelly

Dandelion Sunshine Jelly

Spruce Tip Jelly:

http://frontierfreedom.blogspot.com/2010/12/spruce-tip-jelly.html

Spruce Tip Jelly

http://www.pbs.org/food/kitchen-vignettes/spruce-tip-jelly/

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This is my jars at home now infusing in extra virgin olive oil and they get plenty of sun, maybe they are sunburnt 🙂 I jokes.

Here are the websites that I have been using as guides for when I do make the salves I will be using these websites and recipes for guidance.

Spruce Tip syrup:

http://honest-food.net/foraging-recipes/sweets-and-syrups/spruce-or-fir-tip-syrup/

Spruce Tip tea:

http://medcookingalaska.blogspot.com/2008/06/how-to-harvest-spruce-tips-with-recipes.html

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http://plants.gwichin.ca/node/6

Wild Foods & Medicine:

Fir, Hemlock and Spruce Tips

Spruce Tip Salve:

Spruce Tip Salve Recipe

Make a wonderful winter chest rub-From Spruce sap

Cottonwood Salve:

Cottonwood Bud

http://www.wildernesscollege.com/cottonwood-salve.html

https://feralbotanicals.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/harvesting-cottonwood-buds-for-medicine/

Make Balm of Gilead / Cottonwood Oil

http://bearmedicineherbals.com/harvesting-medicine-making-with-cottonwood-bark.html

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Devils Club Salve:

http://www.alaskafloatsmyboat.com/beachcombing/2013/5/15/making-devils-club-salve-and-tincture

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Healing Qualities of Devils Club:

http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Devils_Club_Salve

And this video is Ahhhhhmazing! If you haven’t already you should check out all the UAMuseumOfTheNorth film series on YouTube. They are all wonderful and informational so grateful for videos like these to learn from.

Dandelion Salve:

Dandelion Salve Recipe

How to Make Dandelion Salve

DIY Dandelion Salve

http://www.freshbitesdaily.com/dandelion-salve/

http://littleseedfarm.com/to-be-a-farmer-blog/kitchen-witchery-dandelion-salve.html

Dandelion Salve

Happy Harvesting!

Remember not pick spruce tips from the young trees because it will stunt the growth.

Do not over pick one tree, one area, and always leave a token of thanks to the plant or tree that you harvest from.

Go out and pick with your friends, family, niece, nephew, son, daughter or whoever and keep spreading the knowledge that plants are medicine. We are surrounded by plants and they all have strong medicinal qualities that could be better for you than any pharmacy or prescription. Be sure to consult with your physician or provider if you are on any types of medications as some of the medicinal qualities in the plants or trees can affect your medication.

Quyana and happy harvesting!

Busy Busy Month

Its already been such a busy busy month of May already! I snuck home for a weekend for some good maqii’s, my nephews, auntie, and my Conwads graduation, and lots of cenirtaqs!

Its also been a busy busy sewing month! I have been getting orders in left and right and am trying to keep up with all of them between work, gathering devils club, dandelion flowers, and spruce tips! All are medicinal and I am hoping to make them into salves 🙂

I just had a wonderful weekend teaching a small two person sewing class at Bearly Threaded Quilting Too which was great! I got to sit and sew with the gals and had fun!

I will share some photos 🙂