Gabriola Island Herb Wildcrafting with the Flower Fairy

Join Jacqueline Clow, or better known as the Flower Fairy, local Herbalist & Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Practitioner. She is the founder, creator & producer of over 100 natural body care products by Flower Fairy Herbal Healer. http://www.flowefairyherbalhealer.com  Come explore with me some of the local herbal plant species & their useful properties.

Traditional aboriginal cultures in our region have used probably hundreds of plants for medicinal applications. These vary from the pitch of trees, macerated leaves, teas or solutions from various plant parts for wounds, burns, warts, skin infections  & for colds & sore throats. (Quote from Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast book by Pojar & Mackinnon). This is one of my favourite field-guide books with pictures & descriptions, along with notes on aboriginal uses for these plants for food, medicine & implements

This is one of my favourite field-guide books with pictures & descriptions, along with notes on aboriginal uses for these plants for food, medicine & implements.

This is one of my favourite field-guide books with pictures & descriptions, along with notes on aboriginal uses for these plants for food, medicine & implements.

Plants of The Pacific North West Coast Guide Book is one of the best books to take on a herb walk

I am hoping you will enjoy following me on my local herbal adventures & seeing me wild craft & explain the uses of our natures pharmacy in our own back yard. We look at the traditional medicinal & spiritual uses of these local plant species. If you have been trained in proper plant identification ; these are a great ally, to have whether you want a snack from nature on a hike, use them as a survival food, or for making your own herbal remedy. If your not an expert do not eat, want you do not know for sure, on the trail or it can be lethal!

Please note many species do look the same. Berries, mushrooms & unknown plants can be dangerous to randomly consume. Only do so under authorization, in person, from an expert in medicinal plant identification. This information is purely for entertainment/informational use, this is in no way is a cure, or treatment or a recommendation for use of any the plants in this information.

I found An example of a  plant to “Not Touch”  in Drumberg Provincial Park along with other parts of Vancouver Island contains a plant called Giant Hogweed. Touching any part of this plant, followed by exposure to sunlight produces painful blisters or burns up to 48 hours after contact. Contact with eyes can cause temporary or permanent blindness. If you do come in contact with the plant, you are advised to wash the affected areas immediately, keep them out of direct sunlight and seek medical advice. Originally from Asia and was introduced as a garden ornamental plant. It grows to 5-7 meters (15-20 feet) and a width of 1.7 meters (5 feet). The thick, hollow stems have reddish-purple spots and bristles. The large leaves are similar to shape to maple leaves, with hairs on the under-surface.

Drumbeg Provincial ParkDrumbeg Provincial ParkDrumbeg Provincial Park

Giant Hogweed Pics

So wear long socks & pants when your treking through the woods when possible. If you do want a great addition to your hiking, camping & earthquake prepareative or home pharmacy try the Natural Flower Fairy First Aid Kit.Flower Fairy Herbal First Aid kit have a hand-made and effective combination of four medicinal salves for topical application for non-poisonous bites, mild burns, rashes, scrapes, chaffing, bumps, bruises, sprains, trauma, eczema, nettle burn, stings , fungal conditions, baby rash, dry skin, dermatitis, itching and chapped lips. An echinacea tincture for helping to boost the immune system against colds, flus, allergies, sinus problems and sore throats. Also included is a natural bug repellent, a pair of tweezers and band aids in a handy plastic carry case.

Herbal First aid kit

Herbal First aid kit

Herbal First Aid Kit

Today join me on Gabriolia Island to explore natures pharmacy. Gabriola Island is one of the Gulf islands situated in the Georgia Strait between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. This sandstone island is unusual in that erosion has produced singular formations in the stone.

Gabriolia Sandstone Caves History

Exploring traditional First Nations Sacred sights on Gabriolia Island must include a visit to the Malaspina Galley Sand Caves. You have to time it with the tides in order for it not to be under water to visit. These are well hidden along the shore line.

The top is a mosey forest with conifers trees like the shore pine & small cedars. Cedar trees were know as the trees of life. Native medicine people say to make a mild tea with the leaves of the cedar & bathe in it to detoxify or take off bad energy. You can also use the Flower Fairy Aura Spray which includes the traditional organic cedar essential along several other cleansing essential oils. This makes a safe & natural air spray. These are safe to spray anytime you want to cleanse or purify your air & body from bad energies or germs.

Air Purifier image

 “Natural essential oils” are very different from “fragrant oils” . Fragrant oils are not good to inhale because they are synthetic.So read your labels carefully!

Native people used pine sap to put on cuts.To Make a natural incent stick look for the sap of the tress which drip down on twigs to provide a healthy, cleansing air freshener.

Sap from pine tree image sap

Gabriolia Sandstone caves2012-2013 photos out east Sandra Wedding to gab christmas 911

Many spots on Gabriolia Island were First Nation’s summer camping grounds and are seen in its many *middens (shell heaps) and petroglyphs (possibly as old as 2-3,000 B.C.) can be seen here. Hence around these traditional summer camps are an elaborate array of the plants/herbs that the First Nation’s people used as a local store & pharmacy for food, materials & herbal medicine in their everyday life.

*Whats a midden? A midden (also kitchen midden or shell heap) is an old dump for domestic waste[1] which may consist of animal bone, human excrement, botanical material, vermin, shells, sherds, lithics (especially debitage), and other artifacts and ecofacts associated with past human occupation. These features, therefore, provide a useful resource for archaeologists who wish to study the diet and habits of past societies.

Shell middens are found in coastal zones all over the world. Consisting mostly of mollusc shells, they are interpreted as being the waste products of meals eaten by nomadic groups or hunting parties.On Canada‘s west coast there are shell middens that run for more than a kilometer along the coast and are several meters deep.[4] The midden in Namu, British Columbia is over 9 meters deep and spans over 10,000 years of continuous occupation.  

Nature has already air & sun-dried some of the Island Hawthorne berries I am wild crafting.The common name is C. monogyna which is a cultivated european species. The throne of this plant had many practical uses; belive it or not, traditionally it was used for ear-piercing & “winter dance” face paint to fish hooks & weapons.The dried seedy fruit was not a favorite but it was used to eat for berries & medicinally as a heart tonic, for swelling & in steam baths.

Wild Crafting Hawthorne Berries on the Island.

hawthorne berries me picking

hawthorne berries in hand

Looking forward also to you joining me in person in the future for a herb walk in your local area as more of our plants come to life in the early spring.
Thank you all for  reading about the Flower Fair’s Herbal  Adventures.  Remember nature’s pharmacy is just outside your door, ready to be explored!
To see more Flower Fairy organic, natural, local products please go to our web site at www. flowerfairyherbalhealer.com

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