Even the aborigines have been using the tea tree leaves for medicinal purposes, like chewing on young leaves to relieve headaches. The paperbark itself is extremely useful to them as it serves as a bandage, as a sleeping mat, as material for building humpies, as an aluminum foil, as a disposable rain coat and for tamping holes in canoes. The leaves and twigs, eventaully made into tea tree oil, is anti fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and deserves a place in every household medicine box.
Prairie flax grows 18–20 inches tall. It rarely stands straight up, but rather leans at an angle. Flowers are pale blue, with 5 petals about 1–1 1/2 inches across, veined in darker blue. Each stem produces several flowers, blooming from the bottom upward. The seeds are produced on the lower flowers while those above continue to bloom. The stem is leafy when the plant is young, gradually losing most of its leaves as it matures. Leaves are narrow and about 3/4 inch long.
Clover - The flowers can be eaten raw, added to salads, boiled in soups, or dried and ground to flour. They can also be used to make fritters. Red clover is shown here, but white clover is just as good (but a little smaller, so it takes more work to collect). The leaves and stems are also edible in salads or as greens.
An In depth guide to Foraging For Tea. Tea lovers everywhere can take pleasure knowing that all the tea varieties they could possibly hope for are, in many cases literally, right at their feet. Foraging for edible leaves, flowers and berries can be both exciting and invigorating, and of course, terribly satisfying. There are a few things you need to keep in mind however, like what is safe to eat or even touch. Also, preparing and storing different teas can vary widely. Includes tea recipes…
Sesbania grandiflora HUMMINGBIRD TREE: Full Sun. Valued as fodder for dry season feeding of cattle and goats. Commonly grown around gardens for its nitrogen contribution. The sparse canopy casts relatively little shade, hence its suitability close to sun-loving crops. It grows fast enough to be used as an annual green manure crop. The leaves, seed pods and flowers are used as human food. The light density wood can be used for low quality pulp. Used as a support for climbing crops.