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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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
PlantWisdom.org

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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.

Our good friend … Read more

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

Nettle

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– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Warning: Essential oils are NOT risk-free

A while back, I wrote about the “commercially inspired over-enthusiasm” for essential oils.

In response, I received a flood of vociferous hate mail.

Hate mail to PlantWisdom.org? Yup. That’s part of the word we live in.

Unfortunately, most of what appears online and elsewhere about essential oils comes from people who manufacture and sell them.

That said if you dig even a little – Google: “essential oil dangers” – you’ll … Read more

High tech air purification with houseplants

In the 1980s, NASA spent millions of dollars on how to deal with unhealthy indoor environments.

They were interested in the big challenge of purifying air on space stations and long space flights.

Here’s what they came up with…

Houseplants.

The simplest plant to take care of:

Sansevieria laurentii, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” and “snake plant.”

The original NASA paper is here:

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf

The specs

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A great cause – Restoring local grain production in America

This is one of the most fascinating and promising local sustainable food projects I’ve ever seen. Please help take it to the next level.

Click here to learn how you can help

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Foraging & Feasting with Dina Falconi


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The ideal introduction to plants, herbs and “weeds” would be to have a grandmother (or grandfather) take us by the hand through the fields and woods from an early age.

In these “modern” times, few of us have that experience. Our guest on this installment of PlantWisdom.org, Dina Falcone, certainly didn’t.

Dina grew up in New York City’s East Village in the 1970s, an urban … Read more

Plant Spirit Medicine

What are plants?

Dumb bundles of cellulose that exist merely to do our bidding?

Sophisticated bio-chemical factories that are the source of countless medicines – and medicines to come?

How about this?

“Plants know us and love us as grandchildren.”

What is a grandparent?

Someone older than you…someone related to you…someone who cares about your well-being…someone in a position to help you in profound ways.

Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998) in his … Read more