Spring is officially in full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere, although I’ve been in spring mode for well weeks now.
As the days continue to lengthen and warm, I’m feeling the urge to spend more time outside in nature. Do you feel it too?
One of my goals as an herbalist this year is to forage or grow more of the herbs I use in my home apothecary rather than purchasing them from local shops or online.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not against those things. In fact, I’m all for supporting local businesses, and I will continue to do so when needed.
However, I think it’s an essential skill to identify the plants in your area, learn how to harvest them correctly and at the right time, and then preserve them for future use.
Since I’m starting from scratch when it comes to growing herbs at our new home, I’m going to have to rely on foraging many of the herbs I want to use here at home, at least until my herb gardens are established.
With that said, I’m sharing 15 herbs with you below that I plan to keep an eye out for this spring. These herbs all grow in the North (and many in the South), but they’ll vary depending on climate and growing zones.
15 Herbs to Forage in Spring
- Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
- Chickweed (Stellaria media)
- Violet (Viola spp.)
- Purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum)
- Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)
- Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
- Bitter dock (Rumex obtusifolius)
- Plantain (Plantago major)
- Forsythia (Forsythia suspensa)
- Nettle (Urtica dioica)
- Cleavers (Galium aparine)
- Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
- Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)
- Cattail (Typha spp.)
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3 Safety Cautions to Know Before Harvesting or Using Herbs
First, before collecting and using any outdoor plant, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have correctly identified the plant in which you are interested. Many plants have look-alikes—some that are unsafe to use.
Next, before using any plant, it’s essential that you thoroughly research the plant to see what safety and dosage information you can find on it.
Lastly, make sure you’re practicing safe, ethical wildcrafting techniques. You can read more about how to wildcraft safely here.
As you can see, there are a lot of herbs to learn about and identify in the spring season.
Let me encourage you to choose one of the above herbs and look for it around your home, in a local park, along the roadside, or as you walk through fields and meadows during the next few months.
Once you spot it, spend some time learning about it. Stock it in your home apothecary. Use it as much as possible and get some one-on-one experience with it.
You won’t regret it!!