On June 20, The Abundance Project hosted a wild edibles herb walk, led by Joanna Wiersma and Joy Cameron of Pure Joy Herbal Creations. The interest in this workshop was tremendous, and we ended up adding a second session that afternoon. The hike took place at Red Cloud Country Retreat, in 50 acres of lush forest and field.
The sun was shining and the groups were eager to learn more about wild herbs that grow all around us. During the hike, Joanna and Joy identified a wide variety of plants and herbs with positive health benefits, whether consumed fresh in salads or prepared in creams and salves. While walking, we picked some wild plantain, took it back to the house and prepared an oil infusion. For the next six weeks, we will put a little TLC into our plantain oil, in preparation for a follow up workshop where we will use the finished oil to make a healing salve.
Thanks to Joanna and Joy for providing such an informative and enjoyable workshop. We came out of this understanding more about the wild plants that many of us find in our backyards. Maybe we can even save ourselves some of that weeding next spring.
Stay tuned to see how our plantain salve turns out in our follow up workshop in August.
You can purchase the herbal creations of Joanna and Joy over at their website, Pure Joy Herbal Creations.