Using our senses, especially taste will help us to determine what an herb might do in the body without having to refer to a book!
Some ideas of plants to taste outdoors. Please only taste plants your can positively identify. If you are unsure don't taste it, and wait until I hold the next herb walk.
Taste plants away from traffic & where you sure they have not been exposed to any chemicals.
Taste 1 per day so you aren't combining a lot of flavors. This will help you notice any subtle effects on your body as well.
Share your experiences on the forum if you have time, so we can compare what we are tasting, how it feels in the body.
PINE SPP. NEEDLES - TAKE JUST 3 OR 4 NEEDLES NOT FROM THE TIP, put them in the front of your mouth & chew with your front teeth,
tasting with the tip of your tongue. Notice at subtle effects on your body -- do you feel this energetically anywhere else in your body? Also you
will probably notice several layers of taste with pine.
RED CEDAR: Not yellow cedar. harvest & taste as you did for pine.
BARBERRY: I discuss how to harvest & taste in Lesson 2, Part 1, page 4
POPLAR BUD (blurry, my camera would NOT focus on it). Especially in the spring when these buds are sticky, they are wonderful to taste.
They still do have flavor in the fall & winter a bit too. Taste in several different seasons, you will get to know exactly when the best harvest
time is by the taste.
PINE SPP. sap/resin, find a tree with some sap or resin running down it, or oozing out of a cut branch, and take a small bit to taste. It is
very sticky, it will stick to your fingers & your teeth!
MINT: any kind of mint is good for tasting, and you can usually find some in a friend's garden if you don't grow any.
Chew a leaf, make an infusion to sip at.
HAWTHORNE BERRIES: these grow in a abundance in the Pacific Northwest, chew & taste a hawthorne berry,
CHICKWEED grows most anywhere, you can probably even find some growing under a bit of snow. Try chewing & piece of making an infusion.
DANDELION; taste dandelion leaf & make an infusion. Refer to the fall herb walk for tips on identifying Dandelion vs. NOT Dandelion.
presented here is for informational purposes only and not intended to
take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a medical practitioner.
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