New Article Published – Foraging for Mustard Greens

Dirt Magazine published my second article this month. This ones entitled “Kales Wild Cousin” in which I share about some of the great wild edibles of the Brassica (mustard) family.

That yellow stuff you put on hot dogs? That’s right, mustard. Mustard is famous for its hot-dog-embellishing seeds, but it is actually a common name for an entire plant family known as brassicacea, or brassica for short.

Through thousands of years of co-evolution with humans, the original lowly field mustard has turned into an incredible variety of our commercially grown food, like broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, kale, collards, and arugula.

Luckily there are also wild edible mustards that you can find growing just about anywhere, from your backyard, to any park, for free. Nature plants them readily, and it’s mighty kind of her to do so.”

You can see the full article here…

Kales Wild Cousin

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New Tinctures!

Our first batch of Return to Nature Tinctures is now available!  

We have Cats Claw, Olive Leaf, Red Root, Gill over the Ground, and Burdock (Next month we will also have mugwort, spicebush, yarrow, and red clover). These are either all organically purchased, or wild crafted by me, and infused with lots of love and healing intent! 

Tincture edit 3

We would also love to hear which herbs you would like to have tinctured, so we can better serve our local community. Kids glycerites will soon be available, as well as mugwort, spicebush, cleavers, yarrow, and red clover. Formulas coming soon! 

 

We have limited quantities available, so please inquire before ordering: dan@returntonature.us

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Video on checking for ticks while outside…

Heres a video on checking for ticks, a huge topic for me as a wildcrafter in NJ. Hopefully this will give you some tips on awareness as to when to look, where to look, and how to stay diligent in your awareness of not getting bit by ticks. I am also currently working on a large article on all of the research and experience I’ve had with avoiding ticks, getting tick bites, treating myself and others for lyme related dis-ease.

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New Class Announcement! Guerilla Foraging Class @ Deans Natural Foods – Bernards, NJ (July 18)

Guerilla Foraging Class

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Class Reviews and Testimonials

If you have come to any foraging and herbalism classes with Return To Nature, please take a moment to share about your experience so that people can know what happens at my classes, and get a sense of the wild re-skilling that is Return to Nature .

You can leave a review here.

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Nettle Harvesting by Hand

Both wood nettle (Laportea canadensis) and stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) are an excellent tasting as well as medicinal green. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and taste great as a tea, or green incorporated into any food. They have stingers which give a rash if you bang into them without awareness, but with careful movement they wont hurt much, and actually cause a histamine healing response which reduces stagnation and inflammation. The stingers go away when dehydrated or cooked. Heres a video on how to harvest them! With love and care!

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New! Return to Nature Podcast Interview on Everyday Detox

“Dan Farella joined me on the podcast to discuss his life and work as a “Plant Monk.” We talked about so many things though—the insane war on dandelions, viewing the natural world as an amusement park, eating as entertainment rather than intuitive necessity, the foraging trend in the restaurant world, the culture shock of two Americans visiting India, aaaaand we may have discussed something about wild food foraging in there, not sure, you’ll have to listen to find out…

Dan Farella is an expert food forager, herbalist, teacher and woodlands guide. Through his teaching Dan awakens our fascination with the natural world inspiring a deeper, more intelligent and respectful connection. He offers classes and video content from his website: returntonature.us”

View the Podcast Interview Here

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Understanding Herbal Actions – Demystifying the Complications

Boy at a plant walkUnderstanding herbal actions and terms can be daunting for many, because it feels like rote memorization and has no grounded foundation, or instinctual basis. I have found within my own practice a deep instinctual basis for why these terms are important to dedicate to memory. (See below for pic of herbal actions)

These terms are the actions of all cells in the entire ecosystem, intuited by see-ers of the herbal traditions. The cellular actions of everything, including and not distinguishing the human body, are universal for all, and chemistry, and interaction of chemicals are the representation of this application. A very easy example of this is to balance over-secretion with absorptive or astringent properties of substances such as plants.

Understanding these properties enables one to use the senses, instinct, intuition, and models for constitutional observation to first off, understand the plant world by our own laboratory experiment: taste and smell. As well as give us back the power to intuitit the remedy for an illness. The remedy is most often based on intuiting and understanding the particular constitutional deficiency/cellular action, and finding the complementary opposite. This is the path of restoring balance by the complimentary reverse or opposite.

This model is most often the most effective and sane case, but in some rare cases you need to work with “like cures like”… I refer to this as the poison path. A common metaphor used is that when there is a thorn in the foot, you take another thorn to get the first thorn out, and discard both. A modern example of this that we are all familiar with is using radiation to kill cancer. Essentially working with the very thing that causes cancer in an attempt to use it against itself. This is an attempt to create a “canceling out” effect. Other examples include using a virus to kill a virus, or bacteria to kill bacteria, such as in vaccinations. This path requires a high level of sophistication and can be very dangerous, as there is often side effects. Used crudely (mostly how we see it) it will also ruin the health of the body/cells, and shut down the bodies innate immune function. It works best in homeopathic dosage, although is not used in this way in our modern world.

These 2 models perhaps can be seen as a path of supporting the health of the body, vs killing the enemy. Both have their place, although a re-examination of the balance is needed in our current medical model.

Further Suggested Reading: Foraging in our Modern World

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Plant Walk This Friday, at Montclair, NJ

This Friday I’ll be giving a plant walk in Montclair, NJ. Please share with your friends! (Right-click save as)

Plant Walk at Bonsal

 

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New Interview Tonight…

Join us for a 2 hr. jam-sesh with Mr. Natural, Dan Farella of Return to Nature, a Wild Plant and Mushroom, Forest Medicine, and Primitive Skills Resource. (www.Returntonature.us) (https://www.facebook.com/ReturntoNatureSkills)

Dan will be discussing the empowering lifestyle choice of providing for one’s own food via wild-sourcing and community-supported gardens and agriculture (CSG/CSA). Food Sovereignty IS Food Security. In times such as these, it is important to cultivate such skills so that we can make empowered choices and avoid the culture and industry of sickness and death that undergirds Big Pharma and Big Agro.

Most importantly, Dan will be discussing how to cultivate the kind of sensitivity that allows us to intuitively “tune in” to plant intelligence and the Gain Mind, allowing us to engage in a form of communication and dialogue with the Plant Kingdom.

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