Friday, June 6, 2008

Foraging Friday: Juice Feasting and Wild Foods

Below is a blurb from the blog I've been keeping to follow my juice feast: Melissa's Juice Journal. Today was the six week mark! The top picture below was taken today, the one below it was just six weeks ago, before juice feasting. If you want to know more about the what, why and how of what I'm doing, I hope you'll check out the blog.

Top: Today, after 6 weeks of juice feasting; Below is the before picture

Today's weight: 161 lbs
Starting weight: 182 lbs

Today's juices:

  • almost a quart juice of a bunch of oranges with water and bee pollen and chlorophyll.
  • 1 quart beet, carrot, apple and greens with hemp (very good)
  • 1 quart watermelon with chlorophyll
  • 1 1/2 quarts green veggie juice: greens (I'll write about them below), yellow pepper, ginger, garlic, onion, tomato, cucumber, celery, cilantro, parsley.

Above are my garden greens and weeds that went into my juice today. You will see some nice big red clover blossoms on top! Today I've included information about some of the herbal greenery that goes into my drinks: comfrey, plantain, borage, red clover, lamb's quarters.

Comfrey: Peter Holmes, in The Energetics of Western Herbs Volume II, writes: "There is no doubt that Comfrey has always held pride of place as the foremost botanical for promoting tissue healing." It is mainly used for treating bone fractures, hemorrhages, wounds and ulcers, as well as all types of lung ailments, especially bronchitis. It is also particularly effective in treating painful arthritis, gout and the like.

Plantain: In Holmes' book plantain is categorized as "clears heat and toxins, reduces infection, inflammation and relieves swelling; promotes detoxification, removes lymph congestion and benefits the skin."

Plantain: Plantago Minor

Borage: Similar to comfrey, borage also clears heat in the lungs. It also relieves constipation and promotes lactation (great for me!), supports the heart and lifts the spirit. Nice. I had some in my juice today...I'll be sure to add some more leaves tomorrow. (The blue star shaped flowers haven't bloomed just yet in my garden.)

Red Clover flower: According to Holmes, red clover flower promotes detoxification, clears damp (a term used in Chinese medicine), dissolves deposits, relieves eczema and reduces tumors; promotes urination and relieves irritation.

red clover blossom on the left, lamb's quarters to the right

Lamb's Quarters: my herb book does not contain lamb's quarters...but this is one of my favorite edibles! Here is what wildman's website says: "This European relative of spinach and beets, which grows throughout the North America, bears large quantities of edible, spinach-flavored leaves you can collect from mid-spring to late fall. It's one of the best sources of beta-carotene, calcium, potassium, and iron in the world; also a great source of trace minerals, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and fiber."

close up of lamb's quarters

1 comment:

Black Orchid said...


You look amazing! That is soooo cool :) I came looking for your juice blog.

WOW, is all I can say.