Leaves that can help
by Winyan Staz
For either using them to serve food on like plates or to cook your food in the firepits with or to use in your personnal cleaning needs. You need to learn which leaves are safe to use and how to use them.
Skunk cabbage leaves are great for placemats, food wrapping and serving and for drying things on. They also make a good berry basket or an impromptu rain hat. You can cook with both skunk cabbage and burdock leaves.
To wrap your food, simply slice the thicker part of the center stem down to make the leaf easier to bend etc.. and then simply hold the green leaf for a few seconds over the heat of your campfire. It makes them soft and very flexable.
Thimbleberry, burdock and skunk cabbage leaves also make good wipe when you need it. You can also use the large vine maple leaves for these things. All the larger leaves can be bent into a basket shape and the stems woven into the leaves to held them in place and to make a carrying basket.
If you are drying food, cut some stems of st. john's wort and lay them over the food..it will keep the bugs and flys away. Cedar needles and cedar bark will keep fleas away. If you use them to smudge your debree hut.. it will also chase away all the spiders.
Marigold, mint, st johns wort, garlic and basil are all good ones to use for bug repellant just to name a few of the leaves that can help you survive.