Free Food: Wild Winter Edibles by Linda Black Elk

As the government shutdown wears on, I’m becoming more concerned about my students and friends who are missing paychecks from their government jobs, and soon, many other students, friends, and family members who use EBT will find that many grocery stores will stop accepting food stamps due to as many as 2500 retailers failing to renew their EBT licenses before the shutdown took effect. Continue reading

Our Relative, Stinging Nettle by Linda Black Elk

You’d be surprised how often I get asked questions like “what is your favorite plant” and “if you could take only one plant to the moon with you, which would it be?” I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about these questions. As an ethnobotanist, a plant person, and a healer, I can’t say that I have a favorite plant, but if I had to choose…the first plant that comes to mind every single time, is the aptly named…stinging nettle. Continue reading

Wild Edibles Traditional Medicine: Plantains by Linda Black Elk

A friend once told me that “everyone who works with plants has a miraculous story about plantain.” I have found this to be very true. I often tell the story of the little girl who burned her foot in the sweat lodge and was able to completely heal her massive, painful blisters in less than an hour. Continue reading