Wild Greens Sovereignty Summer 2020 Greens Powder
Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), Salal Berry (Gaultheria shallon), Blackcap Raspberry (Rubus leucodermis), Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium), Nettle (Urtica dioica), Horsetail (Equisetum arvense), Wild Mint (Mentha canadensis), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana), St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium).
Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) — Salmonberry is one of the earliest summer berries to ripen and is a traditional food source for Indigenous peoples on the West Coast – a food that connects us to the land.
It is arguably the most beautiful coastal berry with berries contrasting in red and pale-orange salmon roe-coloured hues.
Salmonberry belongs to the rose family.
The name Salmonberry comes from the history of Indigenous peoples eating this berry with salmon, half-dried salmon roe, or mixing it with precious oolichan grease.
The Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ name for Salmonberry is Lila’.
Salmonberries are rich in antioxidants and minerals including calcium, potassium and iron. They contain vitamin C (immune health), vitamin A and E (skin health) and vitamin K (healthy blood clotting). They are also high in manganese making them beneficial for digestion, and regulating blood sugar and blood pressure.
The life cycle of a salmon is all about determination; out of thousands of eggs laid, only a few adult salmon survive against all odds to perpetuate their species, returning to their spawning ground each fall.
Salmonberry flower essence is used to bridge resistance when we aren’t willing to fully engage in our lives.
These spiritual elements of Salmonberry are not to be overlooked in this medicine.
Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) — Huckleberries have been enjoyed by coastal First Nations as far back as time can tell. They are a great source of vitamin C and are considered an anti-aging food which is why our ancestors look so damn good.
Northwest tribes made wooden combs to strip Huckleberries off of their bushes. They would be dried in the sun or smoked. We have dried these special berries like our ancestors did; bringing a traditional food to you, long after the days of summer have come and gone and autumn rains nourish the earth.
Huckleberry feels synonymous with adventure, like boyhood and Huckleberry Finn.
It has been said that when Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin, the word “Huckleberry” suggested to him “a lowly person of rustic origins.”
We are very much HERE for rustic origins and a plant that resists cultivation/colonization.
In the 19th century, “huckleberry” was slang used to describe someone who was simply just the best.
“A true huckleberry.”
Salal Berry (Gaultheria shallon) — Salal Berry is probably the most underrated berry of the Pacific Northwest.
On a molecular level, there are more than 50 phytochemical compounds over the course of Salal Berry development and these berries hold significant antioxidant capacity.
A recent study out of the University of Victoria gives Salal the antioxidant credit it deserves. With five times the amount of tannins and 1.5 times the amount of anthocyanin than blueberries, Salal helps maintain heart health and may even help prevent cancer.
Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) — Rubus armeniacus is Himalayan Blackberry, an invasive species which is native to Eurasia and was introduced to so-called “Canada” in the mid 1880’s. The Blackberry species native to “Canada” is Trailing Blackberry – these are the teeny tiny small blackberries you’ll find on thin trailing brambles.
Blackberries contain high levels of anthocyanins and other phenolic compounds which contribute to its high antioxidant capacity.
Phenolic compounds found in Blackberry have protective effects on age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Blackberry extracts have also shown anti-mutagenic (anti-cancer) effects by modifying cell pathways and suppressing tumor promotion factors.
Blackberry is one helluva resilient plant.
Its flower essence is used when there is difficulty translating goals into concrete action; energetically it helps clearly direct the forces of will.
Be strong and tenacious like a Blackberry bramble.
Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) — Beautiful fuschia baby, Fireweed is called “Ihkapaskwa” by the Cree and “en narbaazh di feu” or “bouquets roozh” by the Métis.
It is traditionally said that,“Fireweed flowers when the moose fatten and mate”.
Fireweed is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic plant.
The Woods Cree of Saskatchewan have long made Fireweed tea for intestinal parasites.
Fireweed has clinically proven anti-inflammatory properties.
It contains vitamins A, B, and C and many minerals such as magnesium.
We’ve harvested both Fireweed leaf and flower for our Summer 2020 Formula.
Nettle (Urtica dioica) — called “mazhaan” by our Métis people, Nettle is rich in chlorophyll and traditionally used as a tonic and cleansing herb.
It has anti-histamine properties making it useful for fall allergies that can accompany mold from damp fallen leaves. Nettle has alterative properties that cleanse the blood, improve kidney function, and support the digestive, respiratory, urinary, and glandular systems in the body.
Nettle is also high in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, C, D, zinc, potassium, chromium, niacin, and silica.
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) —Horsetail is an ancient mineral-rich plant that is more than 300 million years old; it’s basically a living fossil.
The Ditidaht (southern Vancouver Island) call the sterile medicinal shoots “baʔax” and the edible fertile shoots “t’uuxwsiip”. It is baʔax that we have harvested for our Summer 2020 Formula.
Horsetail is rich in silica and is a connective tissue tonic that improves tissue strength and elasticity. It promotes repair of damaged connective tissue, making it useful for healing damaged bone, cartilage, joints, muscles, and varicose veins.
Horsetail restores mineral levels in the body and helps tone weak mucous membranes in conditions like sinusitis and IBS.
It is an amazing tissue tonic for the genitourinary and respiratory systems.
The high silica content in Horsetail makes it valuable for healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Wild Mint (Mentha canadensis) —Wild Mint is traditionally used to treat nausea, stomach disorders, coughs, colds, and fevers. Most people know about using peppermint for a sore tummy, but not everyone knows that Wild Mint actually relieves gastrointestinal smooth muscle spasms.
Wild Mint is often called “Li boum Ste. Anne” or “Wakaskwah” by our Métis people.
It is sometimes considered a womxn’s medicine because it is used to prevent excessive bleeding and miscarriage.
The power of plant medicine is incredible and beyond any binary.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) — Lemon Balm is a beautiful lemon-scented herb that is used as a mood-uplifting anxiolytic (helps reduce anxiety). It is especially useful for nervous anxiety that is held in the gut.
As a nervous system tonic and relaxant herb, Lemon Balm is used for restlessness, heart palpitations, headaches, nervous excitability, and as a mild anti-depressant.
Lemon Balm is said to strengthen the brain and its resistance to stress and shock, and to lift the spirits. Honestly, when you smell fresh Lemon Balm, the lemony mood uplifting effect is pretty apparent.
It also has a tonic effect on the heart and circulatory systems.
Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana) — The Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ name for Nootka rose is “qel’qulhp.”
Nootka Sound is a waterway on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.
Nootka rose smells like sea salt and peppercorn-ed seaside in wild rose form.
Rose is often used in herbal medicine to softly and gently open the heart while also offering it strength and support.
Nootka Rose with soft petals and strong thorns brings us tough and tender energy. Many Northwest Indigenous peoples use wild rose for spiritual cleansing and protection. Wild rose is an astringent for tightening and toning inflamed tissues internally, helping to remove excess fluid, allowing better nutrient delivery and waste transport. Lack of tissue tone leads to inflammation; rose gently and softly improves integrity and tone of bodily tissues.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) — St. John’s Wort is a tiny yellow flower best known for its anti-depressant actions. The fresh flowers have tiny purple perforations in their petals, hence the Latin name “perforatum.” When the petals are squished between one’s fingertips, a purple-red pigment appears. The fresh flowers have a bitter tropical taste reminiscent of star-fruit or pineapple.
St. John’s Wort is a nervine tonic meaning that it tones the nervous system. It also has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
It is very useful in mild to moderate depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and disorders characterized by nerve pain.
***While there is only a small amount of St. John’s Wort in our Summer 2020 Formula, it is important to note that St. John’s Wort may speed up the elimination of drugs such as MAOIs and SSRIs via liver detoxification OR reduce blood levels of certain pharmaceuticals or oral contraceptives via P450 pathways.
Discretion is advised if currently taking pharmaceuticals or oral contraceptives.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) —Rosemary is one of the most invigorating herbs, reminiscent of freshly fallen rain and all that is re-awakening.
In herbal medicine, Rosemary is used as a cerebral circulatory stimulant.
It increases blood flow to the brain, making it useful for mental clarity, memory and concentration. It is also used for mild depression to uplift the mood.
Rosemary contains rosmarinic acid which is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and diosmin which reduces capillary fragility. It is also said to promote hair growth.
Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) —Mahonia aquifolium is the tall, handsome species of Oregon Grape. Dwarf Oregon Grape is the short (also handsome) species that only grows a few feet tall and is often seen carpeting forest floors on our west coast.
Oregon Grape berries are super sour, zingy, and bitter. They are a traditional food for Northwest Indigenous People and were often mixed with sweeter berries like Salal and then made into pemmican cakes.
Oregon Grape is high in Vitamin C, rich in antioxidants, and has bitter properties that make it beneficial for digestion.