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    Birch gifts – sap, tea and other uses throughout the year.

      The birch trees grow in temperate forests of the North.  It is an official national tree of both Finland and Sweden and an informal national symbol of Russia.  It is also the most common tree growing in Norway.  There are many different kinds of birch: white or paper, river, silver, weeping, yellow, Himalayan, cherry …

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  • Presenting Wild Oyster Mushrooms! It is the middle of June in Northern Wisconsin, and we see them popping up everywhere! They grow with one flat side attached to the tree trunks of dead wood. Sometimes you have to look high. They lack the traditional mushroom stem, and have gills underneath the cap. Their smell resembles anise, and it is one of the main clues. Mushrooms are whitish yellow in color and can grow quite large, so just watch out for competitors inside, insects love to eat them too!

    Wild Oyster Mushrooms – delicious and sustainable fungi

    It is the middle of June in Northern Wisconsin, and we see Oyster Mushrooms popping up everywhere!  They grow with one flat side attached to the tree trunks of dead wood.  Sometimes you have to look high.  They lack the traditional mushroom stem, and have gills underneath the cap.  Their smell resembles anise, and it …

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  • This is a prime time for picking fresh edible basswood leaves, or as it is called in Europe - linden. The leaves are nice light green and almost roundish shape. They are so soft and also feel very soft when you eat them. The taste is slightly sweet and very pleasant, they are not as crunchy as lettuce. Leaves are the best tasting when they are young. The older leaves are tougher and harder to chew.

    Basswood leaves for salad – that linden is delicious

    Basswood is a beautiful tree that provides us with its shade, wood, bark, leaves and flowers.  In Russia most of the wooden spoons and bowls are carved from its wood.  The fiber is so soft, people compare it to butter for the ease of carving.  People have used the bark for centuries for making ropes …

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  • Right now, in the late May forest, the green fronds of ostrich fern are unfurling; so why not catch the fiddleheads while some of them are still curled in a ball! This plant is called Matteuccia Struthiopteros, which combines both Latin “struthio” – ostrich, and Greek “pteris” – wing. This plant also goes by the name fiddleheads, that comes from the fact that rolled coiled tips of it resemble the violin handle. You snap fresh heads and fill your basket with nutritious green, just make sure you take only one or two stems from one plant.

    Fiddlehead fern – delicious spring wild edible

    Right now, in the late May forest, the green fronds of ostrich fern are unfurling; so why not catch the fiddleheads while some of them are still curled in a ball! This plant is called Matteuccia Struthiopteros, which combines both Latin “struthio” – ostrich, and Greek “pteris” – wing.  This plant also goes by the …

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  • If you are in the woods these days you might notice the first large wild green of the season. The forest floor is still pretty bare, and these islands of green are really bright. It is a wild leek, or ramp, or wild bear onion (allium tricoccum). It loves shady wet areas. Smart bears love this plant, it fills them up with chlorophyll and vitamin C after the long winter’s nap. If you bite into fresh leaf the taste is intense – very distinctive of a fresh garlic. It gives us energy and shakes off the last tiredness of winter. All the spice in it improves appetite, blood flow and metabolism.

    Wild leek pesto – first spring vitamins from the forest

    If you are in the woods these days you might notice the first large wild green of the season. The forest floor is still pretty bare, and these islands of green are really bright.  It is a wild leek, or ramp, or wild bear onion (allium tricoccum). It loves shady wet areas.  Smart bears love …

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  • Black Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) is full of antioxidants, vitamins C, A, B6, iron, potassium, flavonoids (quercetin, rutin), phenolic acid, mucilage, resin and anthocyanins, that contain immune stimulating properties. It brings the blood to the surface, bringing on the sweating, and helping your body to kill the virus.

    Black elderberry super power or how to survive a flu

    This spring when the winter was almost over, suddenly and unexpectedly we got hit with the Influenza type A that was going around.  Last time we were sick like this was 9 years ago.  I like to use natural remedies and letting my body take care of viruses.  So I just drank blackcurrant jam tea, …

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  • What do you do in the midst of Wisconsin’s icy snow storm at the end of April? You cheerfully go outside and collect freshly frozen pine needle clusters that are glistening in a crystal clear armor of ice. You collect it all, pine needles and ice, as icy water is structured water. During freezing water molecules join together in a hexagonally structured single layer sheets, that are very beneficial for your body. It is known that the healthy cells are surrounded with structured water, and unhealthy ones are not. So that structured water is optimal for normal functioning of the cell. Pine needles are filled with goodness too. High in vitamin C (up to six times more that lemons, hey, Wisconsin can grow vitamins, right?), vitamins A, B and K. Tannins, resin and flavonoids plus chlorophyll and iron.

    Pine Elixir

    What do you do in the midst of  Wisconsin’s icy snow storm at the end of April?  You cheerfully go outside and collect freshly frozen pine needle clusters that are glistening in a crystal clear armor of ice.  You collect it all, pine needles and ice, as icy water is structured water.  During freezing water …

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  • One of my favorite things about the winter season is snow! When I see snow, it means I can start my daily barefoot runs. I run to my mailbox and back. I don’t really know how it started for me…. When I moved to Cable 14 years ago, I remember going to my garage with a load of firewood while barefoot. I just enjoyed this intense tingling feeling your feet get. The circulation is increased and you can feel the heat in your body afterwards. It makes me feel full of energy, awake, and it also stimulates the release of serotonin and endorphins. I even end up getting a little happy boost from it too!

    Barefoot Snow Running

    One of my favorite things about the winter season is snow! When I see snow, it means I can start my daily barefoot runs. I run to my mailbox and back. I don’t really know how it started for me…. When I moved to Cable 14 years ago, I remember going to my garage with …

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    Oil Pulling

    The winter is upon us and sometimes it brings colds. What can we do to minimize the exposure? Oil pulling… I like to use this method at the first sign of a scratchy or sore throat. Oil pulling is done using coconut (organic if you have it) or sunflower seed oil. Simply take one table …

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    Using Shampoo Bars

    At Yulia’s we created two natural goat milk shampoo bars that will wash and condition your hair. This article includes more information and a video on how to use the bars as well. We get a lot of questions about how to use a shampoo bar. We have created this video: Click Here To View …

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