What do the colors of mushrooms tell us?

Another great video from the wonderful Learn Your Land website and Adam Haritan.

Don’t be scared of the technical terms. Every word you know now was once new to you too.

If you catch 20% the first time through you’re doing great. Adam packed a lot into this and it merits a re-watch or two.

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Lion’s Mane and mushrooms for brain health

Kevin Spelman PhD

Stimulating nerve growth factor and protecting the brain

Hericium erinaceus is also known as “Lion’s Mane.”

In Asia, there’s a long tradition (thousands of years) of using mushrooms for healing.

Since no one can make billions from them, you’re unlikely to see 100 commercials about them every night on TV so we have to figure it out on our own.

Mushrooms as medicine – Paul Stamets

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Burdock root chai

Click here to watch how to forage and prepare burdock root chai

After you watch Diana’s lesson, you might be interested in the Plant Wisdom interview with her. You can click here to listen to the interview.

– Ken McCarthy
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Forest farming of herbs

Dr. John Munsell of Mountain Rose Herbs

Three benefits to this:

1. It’s a way to “add value” to forest land to keep it from being clear cut

2. It builds local communities in depressed areas

3. Higher quality

Historical note:

Forest farming is probably how the Mayans, Amazonians and other Native people grew medicinal herbs.

How do we know?

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Demolishing mushroom myths

Adam Haritan of LearnYourLand.com demolishes many of the “what’s safe/what’s not safe” mushroom myths.

Here’s Adam’s course on mushroom foraging.

– Ken McCarthy
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Plant wisdom by the side of the highway

The first rule of plant wisdom is keep your eyes open.

The second rule of plant wisdom is ALL plants are sacred, no matter what they are or where they are.

The third rule of plant wisdom is that the plants in your backyard are as “exotic” and mysterious – and powerful – as plants deep in the Amazon rain forest.

There is beauty and power everywhere.

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Two of my favorite plants

Enjoy!

Mullien

Lemon Balm

– Ken McCarthy
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Mugwort

Korean TV documentary on medicinal uses

The film refers to May as optimal harvest time, but, of course, that differences from place to place.

How wonderful it must be to live in a country that has “modern” medicine and deep herbal knowledge too.

The second half of the video is a bonus: Korean Qi Gong.

– Ken McCarthy
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What’s Not To Love About These Wild Plants?

A walk through the wild spring woods with Adam Haritan

The glorious eastern woods

Hey, do you live near southern Michigan? Can you get there?

Adam will be teaching at this annual fun gathering of foragers in June.

www.willforageforfood.com/index.php/6th-annual-great-lakes-foragers-gathering/

– Ken McCarthy
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Plant Wisdom talks with LearnYourLand.com

In the woods with Adam Haritan

A deep dive into the eastern woods

Plant Wisdom talks with Adam Haritan of LearnYourLand.com

You can click here to see Adam’s growing library of videos.

My hope: That people all over the world see these videos and some are inspired create ones of similar quality and depth.

If you’re an Eastern Woodlands person, they will amplify your love and appreciation of where … Read more