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Working from a list of medicinal herbs we identified the following medicinal and edible desert plants on our June 2006 herb walk: Grindelia Identified by shiny sticky buds. Also known as Gum Weed.

“Self-Heal” Prunella vulgaris: young leaves & stems can be eaten raw in salads; whole plant can be boiled & eaten as a potherb; aerial parts can be powdered & brewed in a cold infusion for a tasty beverage. contains vitamins A, C & K, flavonoids, rutin. whole plant is poulticed onto wounds to promote healing. mouthwash made from an infusion of the whole plant treats sore throats, thrush & gum infections. tea - treat diarrhea & internal bleeding (pregnant & breast-feeding women consult a…

Domestic Grape- Leaves Leaf tea used to treat diarrhea, hepatitis, thrush, and stomachache. Leaf poultice applied externally for sore chest, headache, rheumatism, and fevers. Vines Summer vines contain potable water. Seeds Seeds contain antioxidant compounds and extracts are sold commercially. Grape seed extract has been positively tested for use in treating microcirulatory disorders such as varicose veins.

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wild berries…. to eat or not to eat isn’t that the question?…

Oregon Grape.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar at the Echo Basin Trail in Oregon. little-things-apoth | Blog

Wild Berries of the West by Betty B. Derig and Margaret C. Fuller

Has some great pics of common berries here like salmon berries, blackberries, huckleberries and thimble berries.