Spring Wild Salad, Elderberry Syrup, Ceanothus Flowers

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April 1st-8th

Buckbrush for Poison Oak

1 I collected Ceanothus (also called Buckbrush, Ceanothus cuneatus) flowers to dry and use to treat poison oak this summer. They were also used as soap and smell wonderful!

Watercress salad


2 Watercress salad collected during a hike. It is slightly bitter but delicious!


3 I collected fresh Alder bark to experiment for a native, red/brown dye that was used by the Maidu for hair and bark.

Spring Salad: yellowdock, miner's lettuce, wildcelery, manzanita blossoms

4 Spring Wild Salad of Yellow Dock, Miner’s Lettuce, Wild Celery, Manzanita Blossoms.

5 Manzanita Cider Simmer 4 cups leftover seeds/skin from making Manzanita sugar to 12 cups water for 20 minutes.

6 My daughter and I are fighting off a cold. Elderberry Syrup; Yerba Santa extract for congestion (or use leaves for tea.) Grind 10 leaves per cup of alcohol and add to mason jar. Shake twice daily and let steep for at least 1 month. Strain into dropper bottle and take 1 full dropper, 3 times daily.

Elderberry Syrup for Immune System

7 Elderberry Syrup (made last fall). a) Wash berries and remove from stems. b) Bring 1 cup fresh berries (1/2 cup dried) to 3 cups water to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. c) Mash berries, strain, and add 1 cup honey.

8 Manzanita Cider