Yarrow: A First-Aid Kit Staple

Yarrow: A First-Aid Kit Staple

“Ahhh!!  I cut myself!!” cried one of our Earth Scouts Summer Camp students suddenly while she was whittling a stick with her knife.  I looked up to see her hunched over with blood dripping from her finger, her knife tossed to the ground.

Tears were streaming down her face as pain from the cut (and perhaps a bit of fright from the sight of lots of blood) sank in.  I quickly got up to get a closer look.  Blood was gushing from what appeared to be a deep laceration in her finger (Perhaps she had forgotten to follow our third rule of knife safety: always cut away from and off of yourself!).  I grabbed my first-aid kit and got out some supplies.  I rinsed the wound with clean water and had her put pressure on it.  After a few minutes, the blood was still gushing.  This cut was deep!  

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Fox Walkers | Week 25 | Plant Awareness

Fox Walkers | Week 25 | Plant Awareness

Last week at Fox Walkers was chock full of wild edible inspiration!  A major highlight was preparing delicious Big Leaf Maple Blossom fritters (we made them Gluten & Dairy Free - that’s actually coconut milk in the glass milk jug in the pics!).  They were delicious, especially with a dollop of Maple syrup on them.  Yum!  We’re truly grateful for the wild edible abundance this time of year.  Spring in the Pacific Northwest is so incredibly special!

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Week 17 | Fox Walkers at Whatcom | Forest Salve & Lots of Bird Activity!

Week 17 | Fox Walkers at Whatcom | Forest Salve & Lots of Bird Activity!

Last Friday we wrapped up our Tree ID curriculum block with an exploration of Cottonwood, the tree whose heart-shaped leaves inspired the name of our shelter, Heart Home!

We spent some time on Friday making an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving salve using oil that’s been infused with the resin from the buds of the Cottonwood tree.  This resin contains salicin, a compound that has been proven to reduce inflammation and ease pain.  .  .

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