|Cat, Blackie and Kamisha|
So starting today May 1, Happy Birthday to Carl, Scout, Venice, Migel, and Frank. I know we'll be celebrating on the ranch with cake and maybe a pizza or bbq.
The forest provides a wide variety of foods and medicines, so it's time to gather even more plants for future use.
I was going to spotlight chaparral, but due to my camera dying, I haven't taken enough good photos. Also the toxic bloom is raising cane with my allergies. I'll save that special herb and it's uses for later in the summer so this blog is about a variety of spring topics, and of course plants.
I've been out gathering and it's always fun to take the family out and learn something new. A plant we call Princess Pine has been used in our family for many generations. The tea can be used for arthritis and kidney illnesses. Always use caution and test for allergies.
|Hunter picking Princess Pine|
|Great Grandma Betty and Scout|
|Hunter and Scout|
We generally take a day drive up into the mountains at the end of May to gather Dogwood blossoms along with other wild flowers. We use them to decorate our family graves for Memorial Day. This year everything is blooming 4-6 weeks early so our flower supply will be limited.
Here are a few of our annual flowers that are currently blooming in the northern California forests.
|Mule Ear Daisy|
|Copper and blooming Chaparral|
|Young Western Red Cedar|
|Mature Western Red Cedar|
Cold and flu season has depleted my supply of Western Red Cedar.
Cedar is our go to for chest congestion and respiratory illnesses. Always remember to identify plants correctly before using. We only use the Western Red Cedar. Other varieties may have similar or different properties and uses.
These photos are of young Western Red Cedar and a mature tree.
I gather the green foliage and dry for a tea. We use it in place of, or in conjunction with, commercially produced flu remedies.
I gather the berries for decorations and jewelry. Again. know your plants and if possible go out with someone knowledgeable.
Some of my photos of my husband cutting down danger trees near roadways and tourists camps have become a part of on my book covers.
My children are also in the forest/logging industry and work to keep the forest healthy as our family has done for countless generations.
At the end of the day we all give thanks that we are able to spend our life out in nature passing down generations of knowledge and skills, enjoying good company, and watching the sun set on yet another great day in the northern California forest. It's our Shasta tradition.
More fiction and non-fiction books are coming soon.