Learn How to Get Free Food and Medicine

Learn How to Get Free Food and Medicine

We humans like to over-complicate things and ignore the obvious, I guess that’s just human nature. What do I mean by that?

  • We choose to modify and process our food instead of eating it whole in its natural state.
  • We extract certain chemicals from herbs and  then make complicated compounds. (Or as we call them medicine

In reality everything is much simpler, I like using one of Albert Einsteins quotes “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius, and a lot of courage, to move in the opposite direction.”.

How to Get Free Food and Medicine

To put you in to context, watch this video.

Further on I will talk about the benefits of wild foods and give some recipes.

Herbs

Plantain (Plantago major)

Plantain – a species in the plantain family Plantaginaceae, also referred to as “White-man’s foot“, because during the colonial period Native American tribes noticed that wherever the white man went, this plant would soon spring up.

Where Found:

Plantain is native to Europe and northern and central Asia, but has widely naturalized elsewhere in the world. It grows in lawns, along roadsides, and in other areas that have been disturbed by humans, can be found during spring through fall.

Edibility:

You can eat every part of the plant, including the seeds, blossoms and leaves. The younger leaves are tender and easy to chew, however when mature become very tough.

Nutrition(Per 100g):
  • Carbohydrates – 2 g
  • Vitamin C – 45 mg
  • Calcium – 108 mg

It also is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, K and minerals, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc.

Plantain Benefits:
  • Aids digestion.
  • Helps allergies.
  • Heart health.
  • Certain types of cancer.
  • Respiratory problems.
  • Cleans prostate.
Medicinal Uses:

Studies have shown that plantain extract has a wide range of healing effects, like wound healing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, weak antibiotic, for millennia, salves of plantain leaves have been applied to wounds, sores, and stings to promote healing.


Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Stinging Nettle – a plant species in the Urticaceae family, which has a unique trait of having stinging hairs that give stinging sensations upon touch. Nettles in the past have been used for textiles, before it was replaced by other plants.

Where Found:

It is native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and western North America, introduced elsewhere, usually found in the countryside. The presence of nettles may indicate the site of a long-abandoned building.

Edibility:

You can eat the leaves, stems and roots, preferably young. To remove the stinging put them into water or cook/dry them.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Stinging Nettle Benefits:
  • Kidney and gallbladder health.
  • Osteoporosis and bone health.
  • Respiratory issues.
  • Heart health.
  • Prostate health.
  • Helps allergies.

Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Dandelion – named by the french, when translated dandelion means “lion’s tooth“. Belongs to the Asteraceae family, produces seeds asexually, where the seeds are produced without pollination.

Where Found:

They are native to Eurasia and North America, but found worldwide almost everywhere.

Edibility:

Eat the whole plant raw or cooked. The taste is bitter, choose young herbs for milder taste.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Dandelion Benefits:
  • Cleans the liver of toxins.
  • Helps diabetes.
  • Weight loss.
  • Acne.
  • Digestion.
  • Certain types of cancer.

Burdock (Arctium)

Burdock – member of the Asteraceae family, has big heart-shaped leaves and is most recognized for it’s sticky seeds. The seeds of burdock were the inspiration for Velcro.

Where Found:

Native to Africa, Europe, and Asia, but now can be found all around the world.

Edibility:

All of burdock can be eaten, it is especially valued for it’s roots because it has powerful medicinal properties.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Burdock Benefits:
  • Helps blood pressure.
  • Digestive issues.
  • Diabetes.
  • Detoxifies the liver.
  • Balances hormones.
  • Boosts immunity.
  • Blood purifier.

Lambs Quarters (chenopodium album)

Lambs quarter – considered a weed by many, it has a similar taste to spinach and is cultivated as food in India.

Where Found:

Originated in Europe, but has spread worldwide, can be commonly found in gardens and nitrogen rich soils.

Edibility:

The taste is not as bad as other weeds, has similar taste to spinach. Often used for animal feed. The seeds have a lot of protein, comparable to quinoa.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Lambs Quarters Benefits:
  • Increases circulation.
  • High in protein for a leafy green.
  • Used for eczema, rheumatic pains.
  • Helps sunburn.

Wild Berries

Wild Blackberries

Blackberry – an edible berry in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family. The main difference between a blackberry and it’s cousin is the torus. When you pick a raspberry the torus(stem) stays on the plant, it’s the opposite for the blackberry, the torus comes with the berry.

Where Found:

Blackberries have 375 sub-species and are widespread throughout Europe, northwestern Africa, western and central Asia, North and South America.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Blackberries Benefits:
  • Digestive and cardiovascular benefits.
  • Cancer-Fighting benefits.
  • Fights free radicals.
  • Rejuvenates the skin.
  • Menstrual bleeding.

Wild Raspberries

Raspberries – one of the most common and widely used berries, meaning of the word is “rough berry”, because of it’s rough surface. The leaves of the raspberry bush can be used for tea.

Where Found:

Can be found in most places on the outskirts of forests.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Raspberry Benefits:
  • Reduces wrinkles.
  • Prevents macular degeneration.
  • Promotes optimal health.
  • Promotes women health.
  • Strengthens immune system.
  • High nutrient value.

Wild Blueberries

Blueberries – blue or purple color berries. Grown commercially, but also found in the wild.

Where Found:

Origins are in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Blueberry Benefits:
  • Rich in antioxidants.
  • Reduce DNA damage.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Maintain brain function.
  • Prevents heart disease.
  • Improves memory.

Wild Nuts

Acorns

Acorns – is the nut of the oak tree. It is a big source of food for wild animals. In the past was eaten by people, but was replaced with other foods throughout time.

Where Found:

You can find acorns near oak trees, oak trees drop acorns in the autumn season.

Edibility:

You are not advised eating acorns raw because it contains tannins, which in large amounts are poisonous. It is recommended to eat them after boiling several times.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Acorns Benefits:
  • Skin health.
  • Energy levels.
  • Bone health.
  • Healing, repair, and growth.
  • Digestion.
  • Heart health.

Chestnuts

Chestnut – they are produced by chestnut trees, in season they produce large amounts of fruits. The trees can grow up to 30 meters in height. The fruits are covered in spikes and are relatively big in comparison to other nuts.

Where Found:

Native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. There are Northern American, European and Asian varieties of chestnut trees.

Edibility:

Like acorns not recommended to eat raw. Roast or boil chestnuts before eating them. Before roasting them make sure to pierce them, because they pop like popcorn.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Chestnut Benefits:
  • Diabetes prevention and management.
  • Immune system health.
  • Bone mineral density.
  • Prevents digestive issues.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Heart health.

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts – is the nut of the hazel, the cob is spherical to oval, about 15–25 mm long. It has a hard shell, that has to be opened in order to get the actual nut.

Where Found:

Finding wild hazelnuts is quite rare, but when you find on you can go back to it every year. Hazelnuts are harvested annually in mid-autumn.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Hazelnuts Benefits:
  • Phytochemicals to the body.
  • Healthy fats.
  • High in protein.
  • Rich source of vitamins and minerals.
  • Skin health.

Pine Nuts

Pine nuts – are the edible seeds of pines. About 20 species of pine produce seeds large enough to be worth harvesting, in other pines the seeds are also edible, but are too small to be of notable value as a human food. Pine nuts are found inside the pine-cones.

Where Found:

You can find pine trees in a Mediterranean climate.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Pine Nuts Benefits:
  • Suppress your appetite.
  • Boost energy.
  • Reduces heart disease risk.
  • Anti-Aging antioxidants.
  • Vision health.

Mushrooms

Chanterelles Mushrooms (Cantharellus cibarius)

Chanterelles Mushrooms  is a fungus. It is probably the best known species of the genus CantharellusIt is orange or yellow, funnel-shaped. On the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, it has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stipe, which tapers down seamlessly from the cap.

Where Found:

Chanterelles are common in northern parts of Europe, North America, Central America, including Mexico, in Asia, including Turkey and the Himalayas.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Chanterelles Benefits:
  • Rich in Iron.
  • Brain function.
  • Maintains skin health.
  • Stress reducer.
  • Helps migraines.
  • Alleviates PMS syndrome.

Porcini Mushrooms (Boletus edulis)

Porcini Mushrooms – is a basidiomycete fungus, and the type species of the genus Boletus. The cap of this mushroom is 7–30 cm broad at maturity. Slightly sticky to touch, it is convex in shape when young and flattens with age. The colour is generally reddish-brown fading to white in areas near the margin, and continues to darken as it matures.

Where Found:

Widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere across Europe, Asia, and North America, it does not occur naturally in the Southern Hemisphere, although it has been introduced to southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Nutrition(Per 100g):

Porcini mushrooms Benefits:
  • Brain and nerve health.
  • Manages stress.
  • High in potassium.
  • Low in calories.
  • High in vitamins and minerals.

Recipes

Teas From Herbs

There is literally no reason why you should buy tea from the stores when you can just pick a few herbs from the ground and have a super healthy beverage. I recommend trying stinging nettle tea, especially if you have weak bones. Another good one is burdock tea. For vitamin C drink pine needle tea. Overall you can just get a mix of herbs and brew some tea.
You can brew tea from fresh and dried herbs, to dry herbs just put them on a dry paper until they have dried. When they’re dried they stay good for a long time, store in a dry place.


Smoothies With Herbs

The primary reason why weeds and herbs are neglected is because they have a strong taste, which takes time getting used to. To mask the strong taste of herbs you can put them in smoothies with a mix of fruits, you will get the nutrients as well as the taste.

The Problem With Smoothies

The main issue with herbs are that they are much tougher and fibrous than conventional leafy greens, so you need a high power blender to blend them finely, a weak blender won’t hold up for long and will break down eventually. If you don’t already have a high power blender, I recommend getting the famous Vitamix, they are expensive, but come with a 7 year warranty and are very reliable. It’s a great investment for your health, check it out on Amazon.

Green Smoothie Example:

Ingredients:

  • About 100 grams of Plantain.(could be any herb)
  • 2-3 bananas.
  • 3-5 dates.
  • Flax seeds.
  • An apple.
  • Water.

Just put all the ingredients into the blender, pour some water (depends on what consistency you want) and turn on the blender. A great breakfast option, full of nutrients and good carbs to keep you going for a long time.


Wild Salad

Ingredients:

  • Dandelion greens.
  • Avocado.
  • Tomato.
  • Sesame seeds.
  • Bell pepper.
  • Lime/Lemon.
  • Salt.

Dice the tomato, bell peppers and dandelion greens. Put everything in a big bowl, add avocado, sesame seeds. Squeeze some lemon and sprinkle some salt. Mix everything well and enjoy.


How to Prepare Acorns

Always boil acorns, because they contain tannins that could cause an upset stomach, boiling gets rid of tannins. Boil them for about 10 minutes, then let them cool down. Boiling will soften up the shells and now you can easily crack them open. Once you deshell them add them back into boiling water and boil for another 15 minutes, then change the water(it should turn grey) and boil for another 15 minutes. Now they should be ready to eat, add them to stir fries, soups etc.


How to Prepare Chestnuts

Like acorns they are best eaten cooked, you can roast or boil them. Before you cook them make sure to either cut them in half or pierce them, because they could pop. When cooking leave the shells on, it will be easier to remove when they are cooked. They are very similar to potatoes, in the consistency and the time it takes to cook. People like to add them in soups or eat them on their own.


Cooked Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • Porcini or chanterelles mushrooms (can be both mixed).
  • Onions.
  • Dill.
  • Potatoes.

Before cooking mushrooms, make sure they are not rotten, check for worms. Before cooking mushrooms start prepare your potatoes, either boil them or cook in the oven. Heat up a pan with some oil and put in chopped mushrooms. Add chopped onions and dill to the pan, add salt to taste. It should take 15- 20 minutes to cook the mushrooms. When cooked eat them with potatoes.


These recipes are just examples, you can experiment and make your own. Also these foods are just the most common ones you can find many more varieties in the wild, especially herbs and mushrooms. To find out more about herbs check out the “Ultimate Edible Plant Guide”. (Go to start of the page)


This article uses material from Wikipedia, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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