Poisonous look alikes: None. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Mullein has been used as an alternative medicine for centuries, and the value of Mullein as a proven medicinal herb is now backed by scientific evidence. Other herbs that will reduce or entirely reduce the sting are dandelion, horsetail, leaf of dock (sheep sorrel, yellow or curled dock although not burdock which is a member of the aster family), and jewelweed. A sweeter tea can be made by infusing the fresh or dried flowers. Dandelion is found growing in pastures, lawns, waste ground, sand, rocks, even cracks in concrete. Wikipedia is a great plant source. Let’s start the countdown! The plant thrives in shady, moist places, so look for it near streams, springs, ponds or anywhere near a water source. The infusion is also used to treat liver, bladder and urinary problems, stimulates the uterus and affected blood vessels. Miner's lettuce, a native winter annual broadleaf plant, is part of a complex of species and subspecies with slightly varying characteristics. Like spinach, Lamb’s Quarters (and especially the seeds) contains oxalic acid, which can prevent the absorption of iron and calcium, but the oxalic acid breaks down when cooked. Decant plant material and compost. In 430 BC (2447 years ago) Hippocrates, known as the Father of Modern Medicine, wrote about the pain-relieving effects of the plant’s milky sap.By the 1800s, it had reached America. Some edible plants have deadly poisonous look-alikes. Tea – use 1 TBL per cup of boiling water. Fill with 80-100 proof vodka, and shake frequently for 4-6 weeks. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Dandelions of course, but also their cousins, prickly lettuce, cat’s ear and wild chicories. By Tim MacWelch. Miner’s lettuce is light green in colour, and has round, disk-like leaves, which surround its smooth, tender stem. The seeds may be eaten raw, cooked as hot cereal or mush, ground into flour, popped like popcorn, or any number of ways, it can also be sprouted and added to salads. There are some Dandelion look alikes to look out for when you’re foraging for Dandelion. dried leaves or root, in 1 cup water for 5 – 10 min. The best leaves grow under trees. It is found throughout California (except for the lower desert areas) to about 6600 feet (2000 m). Get yourself a good field guide like “Edible Wild Plants – A North American Field Guide”. NOTE: The easiest way to distinguish yarrow from its look-alikes is to remember that “its flowers stagger and its roots crawl” (http://www.survivalplantsmemorycourse.com/2011/12/achillea-millefolium-2/), Posted by bakercountysolutions on January 1, 2015 in food preservation, General. Corn salad, and miner's lettuce, also look similar, and are edible. I would check with a local person to find out if there are any dangerous local look-alikes to be concerned about. For chest complaints, smoke the leaves – 1st year leaves are the best. Mallow was the bane of my existence this past summer in my corn patch. While he was waiting, he decided to pull all those pesky weeds that were growing so healthily. The leaves, root, and the flowers are anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, nervine, and vulnerary. Poisonous look alikes: Species of Chenopodium which have a bad odor and taste and can be somewhat toxic. Mullein Mullein is found all over in North America it is exceedingly abundant. Research indicates some of the uses as analgesic, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antioxidant, antiviral, bacteristat, cardio-depressant, estrogenic, fungicide, hypnotic, sedative. Yarrow also helps to get relief from a bladder infection marked by pain as well as frequent, painful urination, irritable bladder, bladder stones and irritation. The Best Bass Pro Black Friday Deals: Bargains on Fishing, Hunting, and Outdoor Gear. It is often taken to treat skin problems such as seborrhea, eczema and psoriasis, and as a general detoxifying agent in serious illnesses such as cancer. ( Log Out /  The root is a long taproot with a fibrous outer cover and fleshy inside. Purslane is known for its higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which are prevalent in all green leafy vegetables to certain degrees. Medicinally, a tea made from the leaves is astringent. Each plant has its own card which you can easily remove from the secure metal ring while you’re out foraging.