The Treasure Tree

WHAT IS SUMAC? Growing prolifically here at the cOsMic Owl is a little tree (large shrub technically) loaded with treasure. It’s the sumac. There are different varieties – smooth, staghorn, winged. We have winged sumac (Rhus copallina). It has a piece of foliage growing along the stem of the compound leaves, in between the leaflets….

Goldenrod: Friend or Foe?

Many have contributed their Fall sniffles to Goldenrod. However, it may actually be Ragweed that is causing the itchy, watery eyes and runny noses. Goldenrod may be the treatment you need. As nature includes poisonous, irritating plants, she also provides the remedy and it’s usually nearby. Goldenrod Also called Blue Mountain Tea Scientific name: Solidago…

Lambsquarter – Nutrient Dense Food, Medicine and More

Cultivation Lambsquarter grows wild and we have an abundant supply here. I recently harvested a bag full of young leaves from our garden. It is comparable to Spinach in many ways. Compared to Spinach, Lambsquarter is higher in calcium, protein, and fiber.  This link compares raw Lambsquarter with raw Spinach in detail. The young tender…

Most Wonderful Time of the Year & Dandelions

There is a different energy accompanying Spring and we naturally are in sync with it, we just may not realize it. Even during nice days throughout the Winter when I could have gone out and worked, you know, got a little ahead, I just didn’t feel like it. I worried that maybe come Spring, I…

Wildcrafting

Wildcrafting has been an interest of mine for awhile. I try to identify edible and medicinal plants that grow wild here. So far I have harvested Yellow Dock and Yarrow. There is so much growing here that I know is edible and has medicinal value but I have yet to identify them all. I was…