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Growing and sourcing healing herbs is a four seasons adventure. While you might think that spring and summer are the only times to forage for medicinal herbs, you would be very wrong. In fact, there are some wild medicines that don’t even peak until after the first frost.
Now, more than ever, we are understanding just how effective we can be as our own healers. It’s not so tough. There was a time when the public thought only doctors can heal them.
There is a time for doctors and there is a time to go to the hospital. We should never discount that or it could be your life or someone you love.
Let’s look at the seasons and understand how much you can glean from each.
Spring is a time for blooms and you should incorporate more seasonal flowering plants into your property. These plants attract all sorts of helpful bugs to your garden and surrounding areas. They are also wonderful to look at as things like Easter pass and the word gets filled with colors of pastel.
Summer is undoubtedly the time for hard foraging. Things like raspberry and wild herbs grow like crazy and you can really take advantage of them. One of the best things to stock up on are dandelions and their powerful little roots. We can’t stress the benefits of dandelions enough!
In the fall you are going to get into nuts. Things like the antifungal and antibacterial properties of black walnut husk are undeniable. You can also look for more hardy herbs like rosemary or grow it. Fall is also a time to rescue your medicinal herbs and dry them.
Things like rosehips, which are immune boosting wonders only taste good after the first frost. Its a time for barks like willow and pine needle tea which is another powerful dose of natural vitamin C. Don’t sleep on these wild medicines or the ones you can grow yourself.