Spring is the time for shoots and roots
you have to catch shoots before they totally unfold and become too bitter to eat
and roots you have to collect them before they send their flower shoot up and become too fibrous to eat
and of course the mushrooms are coming back after a long winter break but before they emerge you can still hunt poly pores :)
I am big on eating from the land instead of buying from the store and I want to share what I eat and if anyone has some of this food they eat too roots and shoots and mushrooms I would love it for you to share info too :)
sharing ideas and recipes and teach some folk how to forage for food that is more nutritious and free from chemicals :)
Evening primrose and lemon balm just starting to grow back these shoots are excellent cooked of raw and they are full of nutrition
The wrinkly leaves are the lemon balm and the smooth longer leaves are evening primrose a garden type I will dig a few plants out tomorrow and take pictures
I have lots of this evening primrose in the garden it is full when it is in bloom
I have tried to remove lots from the garden digging roots out and well it fights back with more growth lol
leave a tiny piece of root in and u get a few more plants
I love it when food is easy to grow and spreading making more food :)
this is the way our food is so posed to grow not something we need to baby all year to get little reward for lots of money and lots of watering feeding and weeding with all that money spent and time put into the garden with little reward of nutrition
well it makes more sense to eat the weeds that take over the garden
they grow well weather we want them too or not tuff plants maybe making tuff people when we eat it cause of the tons of nutritional content within?
So lets start by checking the nutritional content of Evening primrose and Lemon balm :)
here is a little bit from that link for the whole thing go to the link ;)
What's It Made Of?
Oil is extracted from the seeds and prepared as medicine using a chemical called hexane. The seeds have up to 25% essential fatty acids including linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Both LA and GLA belong to the omega-6 family of fatty acids. The body needs a balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) to stay healthy. Most North Americans get too much omega-6 fatty acids in their diet. However, there are different types of omega-6 fatty acids. Some are more healthy, such as those found in evening primrose oil.
Other sources of GLA include spirulina (a blue-green algae), borage, hemp, and black currant oils.
Medicinal Uses and Indications
EPO is used mostly to relieve the itchiness causes by certain skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis. It is also used to ease breast tenderness from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or other causes. Some of the uses for EPO include:
Eczema symptoms include redness and scaling in addition to itching. More than 30 human studies report the benefits of EPO for eczema and dermatitis. A study of 1,207 patients found that EPO helped relieve symptoms from skin conditions, including itching, crusting, edema (fluid, swelling), and redness. EPO can be used in children and adults with skin conditions.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Many women throughout the world take EPO to reduce symptoms of PMS, although there isn’t any real scientific evidence that it works. In one review of 10 studies that used EPO to treat PMS, only two were well designed. Both of those studies found that EPO had no effect on PMS symptoms. Better studies are needed to know for sure.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
Although a few studies have found that people with RA who took EPO felt better, the studies were hampered by poor design and high drop-out rates. Also, there wasn’t any evidence that taking EPO actually helped slow down the joint damage that happens with RA. Rheumatoid arthritis should be treated with conventional medications, to slow down or stop permanent joint damage.
One small study suggests that taking EPO may help reduce symptoms in some people with Raynaud’s phenomenon. But the study found no difference in hand temperature between people who took EPO and those who took placebo. More studies are needed.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a nerve condition where people with diabetes have numbness, tingling, pain, burning, or lack of sensation in their feet and legs. Two studies have found that GLA may help reduce symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Although there is not a lot of scientific evidence, EPO is widely used to treat breast pain (mastalgia) in a number of European countries. A few studies have found that EPO seemed to help, but they have not been well-designed studies. Other studies show no benefit.
Although EPO has gotten popular for treating hot flashes, there is no scientific evidence that it actually helps."
now some warnings from the same link
EPO is generally safe when used in recommended dosages. Reported side effects are rare and mild, and include nausea, stomach pain, and headache. Stomach pain and loose stools may mean that the dose is too high.
Don’t use omega-6 supplements, including GLA and EPO, if you have epilepsy or another seizure disorder because there have been reports of these supplements bringing on seizures.
Don’t take EPO if you have bleeding problems or a blood disorder.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should ask their doctors before taking EPO.
If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use EPO without first talking to your health care provider.
Blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants) -- EPO may raise the risk of bleeding, especially if you take blood-thinners such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), and clopidogrel (Plavix).
Blood pressure medications -- EPO may lower blood pressure in some people, although researchers aren’t sure. If you take medications to treat high blood pressure, ask your doctor before taking EPO.
Phenothizines -- People who take a class of medications called phenothiazines to treat schizophrenia should not take EPO because it may increase the risk of seizures.
Medications to control seizures -- EPO may lower the threshold for seizures, so people who are prone to seizures should not take it.
Antidepressants -- It’s possible, although researchers aren’t sure, that EPO may interact with some antidepressants, including selective serotonin uptake inhibitors such as:
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)"
and other sites for evening primrose
and some info on Lemon Balm
Edited by wildedibles, 09 May 2014 - 02:40 AM.