Pine Needle Tea

Pine needles are bursting with Vitamin C all winter long and can help keep your immune system up and prevent scurvy even in the worst of winters! Please do not use loblolly pine needles (3 needles), as they contain a chemical that can cause long-term […]

Dandelion Chips

Have you every heard that dandelion greens are edible? Well, they are, but they are quite bitter so it’s best to come prepared for how to deal with that. Identification: Flowers: The common dandelion flowerhead over 100 yellow ray florets and no disk florets; the […]


Another example of a great medicinal plant is peppermint, which is a mainstay of gardens and often found straying into wooded lots. Peppermint cools your skin, so if you put it on your forehead, it will help relieve a fever and a headache. It inhibits […]

About the Founder

Tracks and Roots has been many years in the making. The seed was planted when I was 17 years old and knew simply that I wanted to spend my life in the woods, studying nature, writing, and practicing survival skills. Perhaps my dream wasn’t concrete […]

Common Violet

Violet (Violaceae Viola spp.) is a mild tasting and common plant in the eastern U.S. You can collect the flowers and eat them raw or if you can collect 5 – 6 cups of them, you may want to try making violet jelly by following […]


Did you know that there is free, over-the-counter medicine waiting just outside your doorstep? Plants! We all probably learned that medicinal plants were used by people all over the world before modern medicine? Many of these herbs have fewer side affects than prescription pills and […]

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