Saturday, July 9, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Madicinal Plants

Before doing the Bushcraft experience I was sceptical about how to find natural resources quick and easy. Now I am sure about one thing: nature provides us with plenty of supplies but most of us don't take the time to look around to find them. Concerning the medicinal plants, we only had to take a few steps to discover several of the most useful plants for "medicinal purposes" when you are on your own in the bush.

The first one we have seen was the plantain, which grows amongst others in the meadow behind the ranch. This is a small plant with many medicinal properties; we can use it against inflammation of the skin, to stop the bleeding or to relieve us from insects bites. And I walked everyday in this meadow without even knowing the existence of this precious plant!

In the same area, we discovered some pineapple weed chamomile hidden between grass which is known to be relaxing. Chamomile is also used as treatment against fever and inflammations.

I think that the medicinal capacities of the aspen tree were the most surprising: this tall and skinny tree produces a natural protection against the sun in the form of white powder which can be used as a natural sunscreen. The side that is most exposed to the sun produces the largest amount of this powder.

Everybody knows aspirin and its properties but we discovered the origin of this drug; the willow tree. This tree is rich in salicylic acid which is used to produce the acetylsalicylic acid, which we know as aspirin.

During these few hours I found out where aspirin comes from. Imagine what I can find out if I spend a couple of days doing bushcraft!

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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