Relearning lost knowledge of the ancestors

It is sad that so much knowledge from ancestors has been lost.

Knowing where to find a puffball is down to local knowledge.  Ignorant people often kick puffballs to bits, one puffball took me several days to eat.

Knowing where to find a puffball is down to local knowledge. Ignorant people often kick puffballs to bits, one puffball took me several days to eat.

I attended a talk in Colchester last night by an expert on bushcraft and foraging.  It is astonishing to realise that so much knowledge such as the properties of plants, and the most basic of skills such as making fires is lost to most people

The expert claimed that  propolis, the sealant bees use to protect their hive with, has medical properties that can clear up a toothache and a foot verruca inside a few days, because it kills bacteria and viruses.

I was able to taste wild foraged food, the wild horseradish that had my eyes watering.  The expert was able to creatively use their knowledge of plants to create a wide range of unique sauces and dips.

The modern age has made people lazy and ignorant, preferring to pay for low quality and expensive solutions to common problems oblivious of the free and high quality solutions provided in nature.

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13 responses to “Relearning lost knowledge of the ancestors

  1. Pingback: Relearning lost knowledge of the ancestors | spiritandanimal.wordpress.com

  2. Shame you were not able to name the person who gave that talk on bushcraft. For it would be great if he (or she) had written a book on the subject. What a fascinating topic! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. What can we do to help turn the situation around?

  4. Could not agree more. We are losing more then that we are gaining

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