How much do you know about wild food and medicine plants? Last year I purchased the book The Boreal Herbal by Beverley Gray, and I have to say that it's one of the best books I own on wild-crafting.
This book not only educates you on ways to identify and collect plants, but also explains how to preserve and use these plants in foods, tinctures, salves, and other preparations. The Boreal Herbal has become my "go to" book for information on wild food and medicine plants!
We are surrounded by so many medicine plants and aren't even aware of their many uses. For example, did you know that juniper berries have many medicinal benefits and contain antiseptic, astringent, antitoxic, diuretic, and sedative qualities? That's why these marvelous berries are used in healing herbal remedies including teas, body scrubs, bathing creams, infusions, hydrosols, and tinctures.
The juniper berry also is considered a blood purifier and an overall system cleanser. And, the berry's anti-inflammatory properties can help to ease pain associated with rheumatic conditions, arthritis, sore muscles, gout, nerve pain, and sore, painful joints.
This summer, I tried the Detoxifying Juniper Sea-Salt Scrub from Beverley’s book. Wow! It’s a circulatory stimulant that removes dead surface skin cells. I was amazed how soft my skin felt after using this scrub. I know you'll want the recipe so here it is:Detoxifying Juniper Sea-Salt Scrub
(from The Boreal Herbal by Beverley Gray)
- 1 cups sea salt
- 1 cups juniper berries, ground (I buy whole berries and grind them myself)
- 2 cups almond oil, olive oil or grape seed oil (I use sweet almond oil)
- 1/2 cup water
In the shower or bath, take a dab of the scrub in the palm of your hand and scrub from the chest all the way down to the tips of your toes. Do not use the scrub on your face.
Be aware of the surface of your shower or tub when using the scrub; it may become slippery because of the oil in this product. So, be careful when stepping out! You can use baking soda to clean up afterward so the next person doesn’t slip either.
Relax and enjoy!