Did you know that many common herbs are in danger of going extinct?
Have you ever used Echinacea to stave off a cold or flu? It is pretty much a staple medicine here around my house. Especially in the wintertime with all the exposure from gatherings of relatives, holiday foods, and the contrast of the warm house to the outside cold to fetch firewood or take care of livestock. One of us is bound to start getting a runny nose, or worse. A dropperful or two of echinacea kicks the immune system into gear and illness is fairly rare in our family.
Years ago, with the birth of my son we put a dab of goldenseal on the cut from the umbilical cord to prevent infection. Was it absolutely necessary? Maybe not. But I was a new mother with my first child and I needed every bit of confidence I could get, and I am grateful to have had the ally of the goldenseal.
I was stunned recently to discover that both of these medicines, and a surprising number of others, are in big trouble.
I got a chance to do a short video interview with Rosemary Gladstar who is the founder of the organization “United Plant Savers”. Getting that interview was quite a challenge as Rosemary is quite famous and just walking across a room with her is almost impossible with everyone vying for her attention. But she is dedicated to saving these important plant communities – watch this short video – we need to pull together on this one!
Learn what you can do and how you can help at www.UnitedPlantSavers.org.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.