Jun 2, 2013

Pineapple Weed


    Pineapple Weed or Wild Chamomile can be a usefull plant to know. I've found it growing in several places, usually in hard packed poor soils such as around walk ways or where vehicles or farm machinery travel.
It is related to Chamomile but it lacks the petals, the flower of the plant is shaped somewhat like a pineapple and when crushed it smells and tastes quite like pineapple.

   Some of the uses for this plant from my research is that it can be used as a natural insect repellant when the flowers are crushed and rubbed on the skin andcan also be used to treat scratches that are getting inflamed.
As a tea a teaspoon of the flowers steeped for half an hour can be used as a calmative or for stomach disorders, or when feeling rough such as when getting a cold.

Before using any plant do your own research and make sure it is safe for human consumption, I prefer the Peterson Feild Guides as they will usually list look alike plants that can be harmfull if consumed.

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May 27, 2013

Back to Bushcrafting

      It's been awhile since I've posted to the blog. In fact other than my regular six day a week job and the cows at the farm it's hard to get the energy to do much else. But yesterday is I hope a new beginning back to bushcraft. My son Josh and I took my Granddaughter on a canoe trip down Back Creek, it reminded me how much I like the calmness and solitude of the woods.
Now I wouldn't necessarily say it was calm with a three year old in the canoe but she did very well, and she didn't fall out.

One of the greatest moments of the afternoon is when a doe and her fawn crossed the creek in front of us, she made the leap up the bank but he got left behind until he found a another path.

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