It was a beautiful spring day. Our teacher had taken the class outside during a break. The sunlight felt warm upon my skin and while the other children played, I chose to sit quietly against the playground fence. It was then I noticed the honeysuckle blooms. Oblivious to the other children, I entertained myself with their sweet taste, eating one after another. Horrified, my teacher ran over and commanded me to spit out the poisonous flowers.
The other children ran over to view the commotion, then in unison began chanting, “Peter, Peter, plant eater…”
None of us had computers back in the 1940s, let alone the internet to check out plants and wild edibles. Perhaps my teacher had read that the berries of the honeysuckle were said to be poisonous. However, not the flowers, which I delighted in eating and still do today, a lifetime later. Had she checked, she would have found them antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and just downright tasty.
Well, my love affair with plants and herbs has spanned a lifetime. “Peter, Peter, plant eater” is alive and well eating and consuming wild edibles and herbs. I’ve gained not only health, physical strength, and longevity, but an appreciation for them that I share with yogis, Taoist masters, native peoples, and other sages who lived in harmony with the earth.
I’ve often been asked to list the many herbs I consider my favorites, the ones I take on a regular basis. Here’s that list:
- Pine pollen
- Chaga, cordyceps, and reishi mushrooms
- Horny goat weed
- Nettle root
- Hu shou wu
- Tong kat ali
- Titan post-workout formula (suma, maral root, shilajit, mucuna)
You can obtain these herbs from my friends at Lost Empire Herbs who take all the same herbs they promote to others. And, right now, Lost Empire Herbs is having a big sale! Please check them out—I feel certain you’ll thank me! Here’s where to go.
Here’s a special video on these ten herbs I made for you!
May you be especially blessed in good health and longevity!
Peter, Peter, plant eater