Our Fermented Fireweed flower & leaf is a highly anti-inflammatory. Safe to be used internally and externally for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, to acne and rosacea. Having the high antioxidant content that this plant has as well as the nourishing quercetin and vitamin c levels, we can count on Fireweed for all of the inflammatory conditions of our modern times. Fireweed can be relied upon for nourishing the cells of our bodies, and many individual organs, of oxidative damage from free radical molecules floating freely through out environments.
Indigenous people all across the globe have harvested fireweed for centuries and fermented it as it dried. What we know now, because of modern science, showing that fermentation increases water soluble, fat soluble and other nutrients in plant material up to 40 fold. This in itself can account for low cancer rates & other degenerative diseases that indigenous people have been known for.
Fireweed is immune supportive & anti-inflammatory support of quercetin, vitamin C and other antioxidants that are found in fireweed can support this theory as well. Knowing just how these nutrients support the body in healing & regeneration. Fireweed holding the resiliency that we are all looking for in a topical, or internal plant made nutrient.
Fermented Fireweed Leaf & Flower and her spirit show that the nourishment of the soil, protection from erosion after wild fires this plant is among the first to show up, and begin the repopulation phase of any area of devastation & burn. In the spirit medicine that fireweed holds we can see how she supports the physical body in a similar way as she does the energetic body. Nourishing the ability to be resilient. Fireweed is and should be a go to herb for all wellness in the modern human world.
Habitat: Fireweed is a colony perennial that grows at all elevations. Fireweed can be found thriving in soils that have been eroded by devastation of flood, wind or fire. This perennial herb dances across the mountain valleys through the seaside hills of the coast.
Fireweed can be prepared in many different ways. Tea is a wonderful way to consume this revitalizing plant. After drying by fermenting one will take in all of the water soluble components of the plant and be sure to feel revitalized. The tea can be mixed with hydrosol of Fireweed to make a soothing topical preparation for the skin and orifices. Even safe to use as an eye wash or enema.
Fireweed Leaf & Flower can be made into a luxurious skin oil preparation or serum in more clinical settings of skin care.
Flower essences are potent spirit medicine and the leaves taste tartly which makes a nice addition to any summertime salad.
Tincture is an appropriate use of the plant as well.
Make a potent salve when mixed with calendula and comfrey for extra regenerative properties.
Mixing the tea with mint, and rose to make an extra nourishing infusion
Collect and create Fermented Fireweed Leaf & Flower all through the growing season from when the buds arrive in early summer through august when the plant goes to seed.
Fireweed can be hung in bundles or laid flat to dry out of direct sunlight.
It has a tendency to mold when harvested just after the rain, so be sure to allow the forest to dry out for a couple of days, or be extra mindful of turning the flat bunches and/or bunching fewer stalks together.
One could strip the leaves and flowers off of the stalk fresh as well. If there is space & adequate setting for drying in this way.