Devils Club Process

 

Dealing with Devils Club is quite a process. You have to be careful not to get pricked by the thorns. I use a potato peeler or the back of a small knife to de-thorn the devils club. Once I get all the thorns off then I use my small knife and start cutting away the bark.

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After I get all the bark off I let it sit out and dry in the basin either outside, or in the garage. Once it is dried off then I cut it up or break it in small pieces and put it in he grinder and grind away.

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Once it is all ground up you can store it in a glass jar in a cool dark place. I will put some of the ground devils club in olive oil and use it to make salves. It definitely smells stronger ground up and I am excited to start making some salves!

Happy Harvesting!

I will share the process of making salves when I make them. Hopefully this weekend I can set aside some time to make some goodies!

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

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-dandelion-root/

http://wellnessmama.com/5680/dandelion-herb-profile/

Happy Harvesting!

Whaaaat. Whoooo? Me? Busy? Naw. Just crazy.

Lets just say its been a busy few months of harvesting berries and greens, sewing like a maniac, and taking time to breathe. 

But here is what I what I have whipped up so far. Its been a crazy few months but as winter is approaching I will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of my labor. 

Deuce bigalow
Me & Joe hanging with Rob Schneider in Las Vegas
berry heaven
Berry grateful
berry grateful
Found a nice looking patch!
womens qaspeq 1
Qaspeq for one my dear friends 🙂
womens qaspeq
A qaspeq for one of my very first friends!
womens qaspeq 2
Love the colors of this qaspeq and trimming
Tote bags
Tote bag heaven
dora qaspeq
Cute little dora qaspeq
my first diaper bag
My very first diaper bag
Make up bags
Make up bag madness
make up bags 1
Make up bag madness take 2
kids qaspeqs 3
Little kids qaspeqs
Kids qaspeq
Toddler qaspeq
fireweed with cinnamon &  all spiace
Fireweed jelly with cinnamon & all spice
fireweed jalapeno jelly
Fireweed jelly jalapeno
Firewee jalapeno
The finished product of fireweed jelly

Nothing like feeling rich with good food, friends, and family. 

My heart is happy.