Recipes and Ideas

Balm of Gilead

Balm of Gilead has been used topically for centuries for many health conditions. Some uses include anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.  Its aroma may be considered for use as a perfume for those who like the smell of this particularly aromatic oil.   Quick Method: Place one cup of your freshly harvested Balsam Poplar buds in a…

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Willow Bark Tea

Willow Bark for headaches, fever, pain, and inflammation Willow provides relief from pain, fever, and inflammation, without the stomach upset that chemical aspirin causes.  It is plentiful and easy to collect in the spring. How to harvest willow bark for medicine Strip the bark from the young branches of Salix varieties of willow in the Spring…

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Shepherdia Canadensis, aka Canada Buffaloberry

A Berry with Possibilities Treat your palate to an interesting experience with these sharp tasting berries. Mashing Buffaloberries with Blackberries balance each other out beautifully and is the best berry to pair them with.  Use the mixture like jam for any meal or as a dessert. The compote can also be spread on a meat…

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