In This Issue: Wildcrafting & Honey

In The Summer Issue Sam Steffens of Mountain Song Herbals continued her series for the Wildcrafting and Survival Herbalism Column.

The Fine Art of Wildcrafting Part 2 Observing Abundance

“Traditional folk herbalism which almost always includes bioregional knowledge of wild medicinal herbs has some great advantages when it comes to wildcrafting. Living in an area season after season, year after year affords the bioregional herbalist an ability to get to know plants over an auspicious period of time during a plant's life cycle, as well as the changing environment which it lives in. We can even find an example of this bioregional awareness being shared in the bible with Matthew 24:32 (ESV)

 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.”

Similarly to knowing when a plant puts out its leaves teaching us its relationship to a season, as demonstrated in Matthew; we can learn from bioregional herbalist about building relationship with local medicinal plants by observing the environment that plants we wish to wildcraft thrive and die in.”

We are blessed to have added a contributor for our intermediate and advanced columns. Jasmine Lucero of The Christian Herbal joins us. Jasmine's has recently begun the journey of getting her own beehives. Jasmine shares about raising bees and all about honey in a series she is writing for the Biblical Whole Foods Column.

Medicine from the Hive

“Because of the high viscosity level of honey, it lends itself well to the treatment of skin disorders, wounds, and infections. The honey serves as an osmotic amphoteric; drawing moisture out of the wound and drying out microorganism yet keeping the wound from drying out. Honey also serves as a vulnerary and accelerates wound healing. It is perhaps one of the best treatments for burns as it facilitates the proliferation of new skin cell growth. Honey can also be used topically to treat ulcers, bed sores, eczema, acne, and dermatitis.” 

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