Handmade Wild Products
My Book: The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders
Incendiary Hot Sauce
This is a hot sauce and a tonic rolled into one! With a mild kick, the hot peppers, ginger, toothwort, and hawthorn are good for getting the circulation going. Toothwort is a native wild herb in the mustard family. The root is often substituted for horseradish, with similar taste and herbal qualities.
The turmeric and ginger support the anti-inflammatory response throughout the body. Burdock helps tonify the liver and signal to the body that it's time to get the digestive juices flowing. All the herbs support the immune system all year long, but can help burn out the winter crud, too.
Everything is infused in apple cider vinegar, an all-around health tonic.
Locally grown hot peppers, ginger, and turmeric. Ethically foraged toothwort, hawthorn and burdock.
I love hot sauce, and put a few dashes of this tonic on just about everything I eat!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Consume at your own risk. Discuss any health concerns with a trusted practitioner.
Wild Mushroom Tincture
This tincture includes 4 species of ethnically, sustainably, and lovingly wildcrafted Appalachian mushrooms. I made it as a dual extraction. Because mushrooms have alcohol and water soluble components, I tincture them in organic gluten free cane alcohol first and then a long tea extraction (decoction).
Wild mushrooms are being shown to be super anticarcinogenic, preventing and fighting cancer. They are also said to be immunimodulating, taking the immune system from where it is to where it needs to be.
I take one 1/2 dropperful twice a day for immune system maintenance, and several times per day when I'm starting to feel sick. I also take a day of two off every couple weeks or switch with other mushrooms.
Allergy Away Tincture
Allergies got ya down? Spring and fall pollen can knock you out. Don't let it put you out of commission! I formulated this tinctures with herbs known traditionally for tonifying the liver to stop the inflammatory response, clear mucus, stop the histamine response, and soothe aggravated mucus membranes.
I start by taking a half dropperful of tincture. I wait about half an hour and watch to see if there are any results. I increase the amount by one dropperful until I get to a point where I can feel symptoms decrease. Then, I'll take that amount as needed, cutting the amount as symptoms seem to decline. Make sure to drink lots of water and check out my blog article The Quintessential Allergy Blog for more info on allergy season support.
Ingredients: alcohol, water, burdock, red clover, stinging nettle, mullein, Spanish needles, goldenrod, ground ivy, mulberry2 ounces
PawPaw Paradise Propagation and Advanced Foraging Adventure with Abby and Doug
Foraging food and herbs can be daunting. Education can cure overwhelm! We’ve gone plant walking before, but this is your chance to go deeper in. Dive deeper into botany to grasp a better understanding of plant identification. See demonstrations of correctly, safely, and ethically harvesting them in the field. Learn real world tips for processing and preserving these precious treats for food and medicine. With more time for adventuring into the forest, we’ll forge a stronger connection to each plant, making identification easier and creating experiences to burn them into our brain. Bring your questions, field guides, notebooks, and cameras, along with hiking boots, rain jackets, and water bottles. Abby will have her book, the Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders and her wildcrafted Appalachian herbal products for sale after class and during breaks.
Paw Paw Paradise is Doug’s vision for his Active Forest Enhancement Program at Treasure Lake. While it also includes other plants like spicebush, redbud, and musclewood, paw paw abundance is his motif. He wants to spread this message to you, so we will forage paw paws in the field. We will learn the process of saving seeds through fruit processing. He will walk you through the whole process, and show plants that he has propagated himself. This will demystify lots of seed saving and propagation techniques, so you can spread paw paw paradise through the region in your lands and beyond.
Immerse yourself in the forests, farmland, and wild and cultivated areas of Treasure Lake to learn tried and true tips and techniques from Doug and Abby for sustaining yourself on your own land and the wilds beyond. Take this opportunity to also network with like-minded folks, thus making lasting regional connections. A farm fresh foods lunch will be served and if we are lucky, some tasty forest delights like chicken of the woods! Bring pruners and basket just in case we run into prolific foraged foods (optional).
Date: August 31st, Saturday 9:30- 5
- $50 by May August 15th
- $55 until August 30th