Would you like to do some foraging this winter?
1. Foraging pine trees: Are you needing extra vitamin C in order to stay healthy or prepare your body for any surgery?
- Not only are pine needles high in vitamin C and make great tea for colds, they are also full of anti-oxidants which are powerful in preventing early aging.
- Pine nuts are delicious and commonly used in pesto.
- Pine pollen can be used in replacing a quarter of the amount of flour in recipes.
- Pine bark is an edible food source and has been for hundreds of years. If you harvest it deeply from a living tree it will not be able to heal itself and be damaged forever so it's best to harvest the inner and outer bark from a recently fallen tree, no longer than a month of it being fallen. So after a winter storm if there are any limbs or trees that's the best time to harvest the bark. It can be ground for flour (after drying it) and added into your baking or boiled into your soups, etc.
- Pine resin/sap is also edible with medicinal properties, and has been used as a waterproof sealant and fire starter.
2. Foraging for answers:
- such as; how to deal with the person that's annoying you.
Here's 3 ways to make that walk feel more productive, with some relief:
- hug a tree
- yell at the sky
- call in your invisible 'angels' for help - How? think of one of your 'angels', feel their presence, and say "HELP" (it's true, you are never alone).