Guide To Edible Plants and Health Foods
Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers & Medicinal Plants
by Daniel Brouse

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Food For Thought
Basil Carotenoids Carrots Chinese Chestnut Cucumber Dandelions Grapes Heavy Metals Mache Methyl Mustard Onions (Garlic Chives Scallions) Parsley Peas Peppers Peppermint Phytochemicals Popcorn Potatoes Raspberries Rosemary Sage Sweetleaf Spinach Thyme Tomatoes Vitamin K Watercress Wheatgrass

Gift Of Health

This is a partial list of plants that I have grown. Actually, many of them grow wild in my region of Pennsylvania. Some of them were grown outdoors and some indoors. If you are interested in planting your own seeds and "starts", there are many easy ways to get started.

Onions, horseradish, potatoes, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and many others can be found at your local grocery store. These can be planted in a variety of ways. In general, they just need to be covered with dirt.

Here is more information on growing and finding your own food.
Important Facts About Chlorophyll
Foraging for Food in the Winter
Window Sill Herb Garden
Finding Safe Drinking Water
How to Find Minerals in Water

Drinking hard water can supply you with most of your mineral needs:
Iron, Zinc, Copper, Iodine, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Fluoride, Sodium, Potassium, and Chloride
Nutrients In Drinking Water
USDA Study shows regional mineral content of public and well water. (PDF File)

Natural Air Purifiers

WARNING: How to Forage Safely and Non-edible Plants

Plant Name High In: Health Lore / Folklore / Old Wives' Tales
Anise soothing, expectorant, phlegm, coughs, colds, bronchitis, anemia
Anise Hyssop coughs, bronchial congestion
Apple fiber
Asparagus protein, vitamin A & C
Basil methyl reduces indigestion, breath freshener, cures nausea and stomach ailments
Bay Laurel
Beans -- Yellow & Green fiber, vitamin C
Bee Balm
Blueberry fiber, vitamin C cancer prevention
Balsam Poplars glycoside pain relief
Broccoli fiber, potassium, vitamins A, B2 & C
Brussels Sprouts fiber, potassium, vitamin C
Burnet wounds, sunburn, hemorrhoids, diarrhea
Cabbage fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamins B1, B3 & C
Calendula ulcers, canker sores, menstruation pain, gum disease, sore throats, tonsillitis
California Poppy treats anxiety, sedative, nervous tension, sleeplessness, pain relief, menstrual cramps
Carrot fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamins A, B3 & E, beta-carotene improve eyes and night vision, lowers cholesterol, cancer prevention
Cauliflower fiber, potassium, vitamins B3 & C
Chamomile sooths stomach ailments
Cherry - Black / Sour carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins A, B3 & C
Chestnut -- Chinese protein, potassium
Chives, Bunching Onions, Scallions, Garlic fiber folic, acid, vitamin C benefits the immune system, assists the liver in rendering carcinogens harmless and reduces production of cholesterol in the liver
Clover -- Sweet
Coriander / Cilantra
Corn carbohydrates, fiber
Cornflower conjunctivitis, strained eyes
Cranberry fiber, vitamin C antidote for poisons
Cucumber calcium, silica, fiber, folic acid, vitamins A & C improves skin / complexion, diuretic, cures headaches
Dandelion protein, manganese. Every part of the dandelion plant is edible. You can use the dandelion greens, flowers, and roots to make various dishes. Young, more tender greens can be used fresh in salads, or chopped and used in place of chives on top of mashed or baked potatoes. They can also be cooked and used in similar ways as spinach, such as saut ed, stir-fried or creamed. The flowers can be used to flavor dandelion wine. antioxidant properties, may also help improve the immune system. Stimulates the appetite and helps digestion. Milky latex is a bug repellent.
Dill quercetin, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin A quercetin is a bioflavonoid; dill (fresh) 55mg per 100g serving. Quercetin plays an important role in maintaining NAD+, as well as, being an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Inflammation causes a reduction in NAD+. Quercetin also helps kill cancer cells, control blood sugar, and prevent heart disease.
Echinacea treats colds and flu, fights infections, stimulates immune system, heals wounds and burns, chronic fatigue syndrome, yeast infections
Eggplant vitamin B3
Fennel fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamins A & C
Fenugreek high cholesterol, speeds healing
Feverfew migraine headaches, anti-inflammatory, arthritis pain, menstrual discomfort
Fig carbohydrates, fiber, folic acid
Fleabane / Philadelphia Fleabane calcium, phosphorous, and potassium eye medicine to treat "dimness of sight", astringent, a diuretic, aid for kidneys or the gout. The Cherokee and Houma tribes boiled the roots to make a drink for "menstruation troubles".
Garlic mustard The seeds even taste like garlic. All parts of the plant are edible and nutritious and contain vitamins A, C, and many trace minerals. Harvest young, when it's less bitter (older plants need to be cooked thoroughly as they contain cyanide). Adds spice to dips, sauces, salads, and stir fries. antiseptic herb, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial; a topical treatment for staph and other skin infections, unwashed fresh root and/or mature leaves can be directly applied to infected area Garlic mustard picture
Wild Garlic / Meadow Garlic chopped green leaves can be used like chives and the bulbs are cooked as any other onions; 100g of wild garlic leaves contain 45mg of vitamin C and almost 5mg of beta-carotene antibacterial, antibiotic and possibly antiviral properties, and contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper. Studies have also shown that it may help reduce blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease
Grape carbohydrates, fiber, folic acid, potassium, resveratrol, vitamins A, B3, B6, C & K cancer prevention
Gooseberry & Currant fiber, potassium, vitamins C & D
Goumi -- Sweet Scarlet
Honeysuckle phytochemicals: iridoids, anthocyanins, flavonols, flavanonols, flavones, flavan-3-ols, phenolic acids aromatherapy
Hops alpha acid humulone, which along with polyphenols, flavonoids (plant pigment), and volatile oils (terpenes) are powerful antioxidants; antimicrobial properties, which contribute to their use as a preservative Hop polyphenols contain interesting amounts of prenylflavonoids, namely xanthohumol. Similar to other classes of phenolic compounds, beer polyphenols might reach the gut where they can modulate bacterial growth; hops extracts have been shown to have anti-inflammatory potential; a compound in hops may have a protective antioxidant effect that helps minimize cell damage in the liver; hops can help to prevent calcium leaching from the bones; beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from calcium oxalate kidney stones, and osteoporosis
Hyssop eases congestion for colds and the flu, gargle for sore throats, reduces inflammation, heals cuts and bruises, herpes
Jewelweed (Spotted touch-me-not) Leaves: Crushed leaves in poultice form are a traditional and well-known remedy for poison ivy. Leaf tea is a folk remedy in preventing poison ivy. Ice cubes made from tea are also rubbed topically on rashes. Juice from the stem before flowering also used topically on poison ivy rash. Contains a compound called lawsone in its leaves proven to have anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
Kale calcium, potassium, vitamins A, B3 & C
Lettuce fiber, folic acid
Lemon Balm
Lima Beans protein, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, potassium, vitamin E
Lime -- Key
Mache -- Corn Salad
Marshmallow chapped and dry skin, anti-inflammatory, respiratory tract irritation, bronchitis, colds, coughs, digestive and urinary-tract inflammations, itching, cuts, scrapes, burns
Mint -- Spearmint & Peppermint Methyl cures stomach ailments
Mustard Greens iron, phosphorous, calcium, vitamins A, B & C fertility, improved mental ability, treats vitamin C deficiencies such as scurvy
Nasturtium vitamin C fights bacterial infections, anti-microbial, respiratory infections, influenza, the common cold, reproductive and urinary tract infections
Onions Quercetin, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and folate relief of coughs, colds and catarrh, especially asthma; allyl propyl disulphide, which is thought to have a similar effect to insulin in balancing blood sugar levels
Orange carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin C
Oregano natural antibiotic
Parsley minerals, iron, antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamins A & C reduces flatulence, freshens breath, aids in digestion, antidote for poisons, calms nerves, anemia
Parsnip carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, vitamin C
Pear carbohydrates, fiber, folic acid
Penny Royal insect repellent, flea collar
Pepper -- Chili capsaicin, vitamins A & C, beta-carotene pain relief, cures colds and the flue, cancer and heart attack prevention, treats congestion, asthma, osteoathritis, rheumatoid arthritis
Plantain astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes; digestive system
Pleurisy Root respiratory infections, reduces inflammation, aids expectoration, bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza, asthma, dry cough, pleurisy, warts
Plum carbohydrates, fiber, potassium
Popcorn iron, protein, fiber
Potato carbohydrates, copper, potassium, magnesium, fiber, vitamin B3, B5, B6 & C protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease
Pumpkin fiber, potassium, vitamin A
Purslane vitamin C digestion and immune system; antimicrobial, antidiabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties; topical for skin
Radish folic acid, vitamin C
Raspberry manganese, fiber, folic acid, vitamins C & E, antioxidants anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic, treats diarrhea, nausea, colds, the flu, sore throats, bleeding gums, cankers, scabies and scurvy, glucose regulation, cancer prevention
Rhubarb carbohydrates, fiber, potassium
Rose rose hips are higher in vitamin C than oranges nearly every part of a rose plant is edible; help with weight loss, hydrate the body, are full of antioxidants, alleviate menstrual pain, and decrease skin irritation
Rose of Sharon vitamin C and Anthocyanins which are antioxidants leaves, blossoms and bark are edible; flowers taste the best; the unopened flower buds are an okra substitute; lowers blood pressure
Rosemary calcium, vitamins A & C cure-all, breath cleanser, calms a cough, improves memory, antiseptic, cures headaches, anti-aging
Sage aids healing, used as a bandage, toothbrush for the American Indian or with bear fat to rub in the skin, improves memory, aids in digestion of meats, throats, tonsillitis
Sassafras Sassafras albidum twigs as toothbrushs, leaves to treat wounds, roots and plant parts for scurvy, skin sores, kidney problems, toothaches, rheumatism, swelling, menstrual disorders and sexually transmitted diseases, bronchitis, hypertension, and dysentery. It is also used as a fungicide, dentifrice, rubefacient, diaphoretic, perfume, carminative and sudorific
Savory -- Summer prevents gas, aid digestion, stimulate appetite,, astringent, antiseptic, diarrhea, sore throats
Savory -- Winter treats insect bites and stings, digestive aid, appetite stimulant, prevents gas, stomach aches
Scallions, Chives, Garlic and Onion Greens chlorophyll, allicin, organosulfurs scratchy and sore throats, boost immune system
Snow Peas carbohydrates, fiber
Spinach folic acid, fiber, potassium, vitamins A & C, beta-carotene aids in tissue growth and cell function, prevents anemia and ulcer, treats diarrhea,
Strawberry fiber, folic acid, vitamin C
Sunflower pain relief, eases coughs, bronchial infections, anti-inflammatory, arthritis treatment
Sweet Marjoram / Oragano motion sickness, stomach ailments, relieves congestion, aches and pains
Sweetleaf / Sugarbush natural sweetener safe for diabetics
Tangerine -- Suburst carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin C
Tarragon French
Teaberry / Wintergreen fiber, vitamin C, glycoside cancer prevention, treats stomach ailments and diarrhea
Thyme methyl antiseptic, anti-fungal, fights parasites, invigorating, good for teeth and gums, treats headaches, warts, bruises and stings
Tomato folic acid, folate, retinol, fiber, potassium, vitamins A, C & K, antioxidants, lycopene, carotene cancer prevention / protects from free radicals
Valerian relaxing, sleep aid, insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, tension headaches, migraines, rheumatic pain relief, relaxes spasms, muscle and menstrual cramps
Viola rutin eczema, varicose veins, coughs, bronchitis, urinary problems, cystitis
Violets both the leaves and flowers contain high amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A can be used to make syrups, brew teas, and in baked desserts; antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and a blood cleanser. They are good for coughs and colds, and can be made into a violet leaf and honey cough syrup. Violets can also be used topically for skin conditions like eczema, dry skin, bug bites, and varicose veins
Watercress niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, ascorbic acid, vitamins A & C, beta-carotene improves mental ability, prevents baldness, increases productivity, cures a hang-over, cures scurvy, blood detoxification
Wheatgrass chlorophyll, 92 minerals cancer prevention, prevents hair from turning gray, improves digestion, treats liver ailments, appetite suppressant
Yarrow treats hangovers, eliminate toxins, colds, flu, aids digestion, relieves menstrual cramps, stop bleeding, cleansing, pain relief, swelling
Zucchini -- Summer Squash fiber, vitamin C

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