Friday, October 10, 2014

Survival Foraging: Curly Doc


  • This plant may grow as high as four feet or higher. It has pointy, basil-like leaves that are commonly curled at margins.
    • The leaves that alternate up the stem are smaller but there are more of them.
    • They have a red inner vein in the winter
  • June to September 
    • The roots of this plant are usually yellowish when you cut in half
    •  Plants usually have a bright red seed stalk that bear long terminate clusters of small greenish-white flowers above the rest of the plant. When flowers grow to maturation they turn a rusted red color as well.


  • This plant is high in iron
  • the leaves are usually gathered in  early spring and can be prepared and eaten just like spinach.


  • This plant can be a laxative or a anti-diarrheal depending on the amount taken.
    • 1tsp. ground root to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 2-3 min. (the longer it steeps the more anti-diarrheal it becomes; for laxative steep only one minute) 
    • take 2-3 cups a day
  • It is an astringent (medicine that closes pores); this also will inhibit and arrest the spread of ringworm.
    • use crushed fresh leaves and apply as a poultice
  • It is an antiscorbutic (fights scurvy)
    • syrup: boil 1/2 lb of crushed root in one pint of natural syrup
    • use 2-3 tsp. per day

Attention Use At Your Own Risk

I am not medically trained in anyway. I am simply a student. I read and experiment with ancient herbal techniques. I am simply passing on the knowledge I have gained from studding many texts on the subject and I am in no way responsible for anything you do with this information. For a listing on the books that I have compiled knowledge from visit:!saras-survival-stuff/c1mzf

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit:
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