Thursday, October 10

Willa of the Wood + Basic Foraging

Willa knows the plants of her forest and all of their uses.  She is a master forager, knowing how to use the seeds, leaves, and roots for both medicine and food.  In this novel study, we're learning about foraging and basic herb uses...

Herbs are the parts of certain plants, including many of those found in Willa's woods.  They can grow in the wild or be cultivated in a flower bed, and have been used since the beginning of time.  It's important to know what herbs look like and how to use them.  Used improperly, they can be poisonous. Some herbs you may know about include mint, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.  Herbs can be used fresh or dried.

Some common herbal terms include:
  • Anti-inflammatory: helps to reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Antiviral: fights against viruses, such as a cold or the flu
  • Astringent: tightens tissues, helping to reduce secretions such as bleeding or a runny nose
  • Aromatic oils: very good smelling
  • Carminative: helps to relieve gas
  • Mucilage: helps to soothe irritated tissues
  • Nervine: helps to ease stress and make you feel calm
  • Learn about Immune Boosting Herbs
Make / Do
  • Teaching Kids About HerbsIn this year-long course, you'll learn about many herbs! Each month, your child will learn about a new herb and how to use it. Herbs are placed in seasonal positions throughout the book, but it does not have to be completed in order. Includes basic information about seasonally-appropriate herbs, project ideas, and recipes.
    • Choose one project from this book to complete as you read Willa of the Wood.
  • Color and learn about herbs
  • Felled
  • Ire
  • Primeval
  • Loathed
  • Rouse
  • Grafted
  • Conspicuous
  • Premonition
  • Reanimate
  • Commotion
  • Recoiled
  • Seething
  • Insolence
  • Subservience
  • Deft
  • Divulge
  • Expendable
  • Brandishing
  • Eddy
  • Tremulous
Willa's Plants
Research and complete the herbal template from Herbal Roots Zine for each of these plants
  • Mountain laurel
     herbal notebooking template
  • Death cap mushroom
  • Cedar tree
  • Mountain ash
  • Rhododendron
  • Fern
  • Giant fir
  • Hemlock
  • Black walnut
  • Sugar maple
  • Tulip poplar
  • White oak
  • Red maple
  • Birch
  • Dogwood
  • Goldenseal
  • Witch hazel
  • Sourwood tree
  • Gum tree
  • Sassafras
  • Periwinkle
  • Chestnut
  • Orchid
  • Sustainability means using the environment in ways that it will continue to benefit people (and the animals and plants that live in the environment). A Native American philosophy describes it as ensuring that the environment and its resources will be there “for the seventh generation” beyond the people living now.  Watch the video below and learn how herbs can be sustainably grown to modern-day standards and needs.
  • Watch the video on common edible herbs below.  Then watch this video on poisonous plants you should never touch.  Are there any that look similar between the two videos?  How can you tell the difference between the one that is okay to eat and the one to avoid?

1 comment:

  1. Willa of the Wood sounds like an interesting book - I have never really done a whole lot with herbs - this is intriguing.