Things I forgot to talk about last week:
Morel and shaggy mane mushrooms.
New app for mushroom identification: http://www.amazon.com/NATURE-MOBILE-Mushrooms-PRO/dp/B00AC1Y9KE/ref=pd_sim_mas_1
There is a free version. I really like having this app on my kindle.
I got motivated again to start and try to identify mushrooms. I read something that really helped me. It said to try and learn to identify 6 mushrooms per season. I was so overwhelmed with the thousands. But now I feel comfortable with lions mane and turkey tail. This all started when I found a lion’s mane on Christmas day. It was a wonderful gift to me. Lion’s Mane is know as the “smart” mushroom. Here is an interesting article by Paul Stamets: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-stamets/mushroom-memory_b_1725583.html
hericium coralloides aka Bear’s Head tooth, hericium eriaceum aka Bearded tooth,
hedgehog or sweettooth is the first one I found on a woodpile of oaks hit by lightning.
I would like to invite anyone interested in identifying mushrooms to the Mushroom Identification Forum on Facebook
I have been having a great time with this group.
Moringa, Jicama, and Rutabaga:
Correction from last week. Moringa is not a legume: http://www.sacredearth.com/ethnobotany/plantprofiles/moringa.php
Rutabaga, I had this all my life but never really appreciated it. I started learning to eat it raw this past year and found it delightful. I didn’t know it could be eaten raw. But it is actually mild tasting and low in calories. Her0e is another point of view:
Back to Basics Facebook Link
https://www.facebook.com/backtobasics2014 I am really liking this page, lot of interesting things.
And from the above page a link to a different homemade soap recipe : http://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-dishwasher-detergent/
Dealing with colds and congestion:
The best thing I have found for “sinus trouble” and nasal congestion is the nettie pot. I have used this for years and love it. I just mix kosher salt and baking soda (as a buffer) , fill it up with warm water (sometimes a few drops of tea tree oil.) But everything we do must be done using common sense, so here is an interesting article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/03/rare-infection-prompts-neti-pot-warning/?_r=0