For those looking to up their environmentalism and health through food, found food and foraging is an ancient and adventurous way to explore your surroundings.
Herbalist and midwife Helena Wu of Mama Wu’s Good Medicine, guided us through a fraction of what lies on the slopes as part of SolarFest, offering some of her wisdom on botany along the way.
Here are just a few of the weeds and herbs we found slopeside all within ¼ mile of the Base Lodge.
Plantain: This weed is everywhere, which is fitting for one of the best natural healing remedies in the world. Got a burn or sting while out hiking? Chew some of this up and place on the wound, bandage, and let the magic happen.
Wild Mint: Need we say more? Either chew for a refreshing taste or simply smell to your heart’s content. Also makes a great tea.
Dandelion (root): If you’re looking to cut back on your caffeine intake while keeping that coffee taste, dig up a dandelion, clean and cut the roots, and roast them before grounding into a power. Then brew your “coffee.”
Coltsfoot: These big leaves are great for making a tea that helps with lung congestion.