Spruce Tip Harvest and Preparations

Jelly, Recipe, Spruce

Dreadlock Love

I could definitely spend more time learning about trees.  Identification, therapeutic uses and various harvesting methods…  Considering our long and cold winters, and therefore lack of general wildcrafting opportunities and (plant-based) sources in the area, it feels wise to try to be in the know.

Regarding spruce, “Edible & Medicinal Plants of Canada” author (MacKinnon) writes that it is one of the top 10 trees used by First Nations.  The tips were apparently chewed to help relieve cough.  Among other preparations and uses, of course, but had this use fully occurred to me early last week, I would have harvested some tips specifically to ease my cough and cold.  I personally try to stick with teas, essential oils, and my own handmade herbal medicines for non-emergency purposes but it’s sad that most of the ingredients used are purchased online.  A focus of mine is to become more accustomed to my surroundings and…

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