The idea of a good spring tonic is to prepare the blood for summer and freshen up winter’s stagnation to include mucous. A spring tonics bottom line is to support the blood with nutrients. The fiddle head is a young ostrich fern.
When you are looking for your ferns, to distinguish the ferns that are good picking to eat you want the deep v-groove in the stem. There is another fern that has a slight”v” in the stem and the stem itself is thin when compared to a fiddlehead. You will know the fiddleheads are the right ones when you learn what an ostrich fern looks like. Then by location you know for the most part that the fiddleheads you are about to pick are the right ones by the ostrich ferns that are growing all around.
Steaming the fiddleheads for 12-14 minutes is the best way to prepare them but it’s not the only way. A light sauté or al dente with butter and garlic and salt and pepper to taste is good too.
Jewel weed is awesome for any itchy problems like mosquitos and bee stings. Over-the-counter remedies when you are allergic to them make the whole situation worse. The best way to use jewel weed is by putting it in an ice cube tray and make ice cubes to grab
A yellow and orange cone shaped flower on a plant with soft leaves, a hollow stem it is a sort of succulent with a sort of milk in the stem It more often than not will be growing in moist areas right next to poison ivy. Jewel weed can grow up to five feet tall. For quick relief if you have and itch or poison ivy drying you crazy you can just go to the plant and crumble it up and rub it all over. If you are allergic it is worth the time to find and pick. The price is right and you can get the seed pods and gather your own supply. The jewel weed is also known by another name you may be more familiar with, touch-me-not. Flowers appear about midway through summer.
To make the tea you just want to use the stems and leaves in a pot of water. Boil the water and add the stems and leaves as soon as you turn off the stove. It’s a lot like making any other kind of tea. You just need to get the water good and it doesn’t need a constant rolling boil. You know when you’ve been in some poison ivy the best thing to do is to wash it right away with soap and get the oils off your skin You can also use jewel weed to make your own soap. Then there is no doubt you will get the oils off of your skin or your families skin after you’ve been out. It’s good for eczema, poison oak, stinging nettles, acne and nettles. The soap itself is not to be used as an everyday soap but for medicinal purposes. The plant is anti-inflammatory and antifungal.