Common burdock – Arctium minus

In Chippewa, Wiisagibag meaning bitter leaf, also Wiisagijiibik meaning bitter taproot and Gi’ masan meaning big stickers. Burdock’s folk names are predominately along the lines of burr-this or that-burr, like burrseed for instance. Which is questionable – it’s the part of the plant used the least. And if you’ve been playing along, you know I […]

Red clover – Trifolium pratense

If you know any words in our local language (Anishinaabemowin) for Red clover, please comment! My favorite folk name for red clover is honey/honey-stalks, but it isn’t just honey bees that like this honey. Mammals like opossum, snowshoe hare, eastern chipmunk, raccoon, striped skunk, and white-tailed deer are buzzing about it. And birds like ring-necked […]

Jewelweed – Impatiens capensis

If you know any words in our local language (Anishinaabemowin) for Jewelweed, please comment! Jewelweed is so named because of the way the dew beads on it. Sometimes its called Wild Touch-me-not and Snapweed, due to the ripe seedpods exploding when touched. Edible Uses The young shoots are edible, but should be double boiled as […]

Common mullein – Verbascum thapsus

In Anishinaabemowin, mullein is sometimes calledWaabooyaanibag (blanket leaf) Mullein’s folk names include but are not limited to flannel leaf (leaves stuffed in shoes for warmth), tinder plant/torches/torch-wort, candle wick (dried stems used to be dipped in wax to make candles), cow’s lungwort. It’s been called tobacco going off the physical resemblance. Wearing it is said […]

Medicinal tags: Support of body systems and herbal energetics

I include herbal energetics tags in my posts as well as the 12 body systems. (Other tags are explainedhere.) I’m trying to keep the medicine part of my Wild Plant series at a beginner level herbalism. But these tags included with every plant are entry points to delve further into herbal medicine. Below these basic […]

Beaded Bush Bags

Beaded Bush Bag #1 The darker bag is Buffalo hide and the lighter is Moosehide. The straps are long enough to hang around the hip area, but can also be looped to wear on the back like a pack. The buttons are deer anter. Beaded Bush Bag #2 Trade beads, natural cherry burls and abalone […]