Survival Plants 1: Ancestral Vitamin C

I've decided to start added some of my favorite plants to my blog. It's hard for me to even contemplate practicing/doing survival, rewilding my life, and being in touch with me primal nature without considering plants. From picking wildberries to making fire to harvesting really powerful medicines. Plants are one of the most practical and easiest ways for us to start really practicing a primal life!

Here's a great example:

If you're reading this blog, then there's a good chance that your ancestors survived through the winter by eating the hips of this plants: Rose. That's right rosehips. Rosehips are an amazing natural source of vitamin C, and they also provide a decent among of sugar...long after most fruits of the summer and fall are long gone! Your ancestors might have prevented scurvy by eating these tart fruits in the form of teas, honeys, or simply chowing down on them out in the wild.

You can see how the plant is clearly a rose by the thorns on the branches, the edged leaf-margins, and if you look closely at the hip you'll see the remnants of the rose flower.

Here's another look:

If you like this kind of thing, I'll be added more and more plants to this blog over time. Someday I may even write my own plant book!

But for now, here's an amazing thorough medicinal, edible, and survival plant book by my colleague Nicole Apelian:

Nicole's Book


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Jon Young  is a deep nature-people-self connection researcher, mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. Jon has been mentored in deep nature connection by his own grandmothers, Tom Brown, Jr. and a host of elders and experts. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on mentoring, human intelligence, spiritually, well-being and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). Jon has appeared in numerous documentaries including The Animal Communicator (2012). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level. Jon is a father of six children, and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his partner, Sarah


Sarah is a energywork practitioner, bodyworker, wildlife tracker, and interspecies communicator. She has studied wildlife tracking through Shikari Tracker Mentoring with Jon Young and Josh Lane, Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School, and Cybertracker Conservation. She is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program and studied Interspecies Communication with Anna Breytenbach and Wynter Worsthorne. 


For over 19 years, Sarah has been practicing various healing modalities including Chakra-work, Craniosacral Therapy, Meridian Therapy, Qi Gong, Emotional Clearing, and Five Elements Herbalism. She currently offers Earth-based energywork sessions, and lives in the sandhill mountains near Santa Cruz, CA with her partner Jon.