The Wild Wisdom Of Weeds – Book Review

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds – 13 Essential plants for Human Survival – Katrina Blair

Weeds are more intriguing than I realized. I found this book on wild weeds quite accidentally.  After my move to Albuquerque and have been observing my garden to discover its micro-climates.  I was invited to a garden discovery class at a local community space where this book was recommended reading. The book immediately caught my attention from an ayurvedic perspective, from a gardener’s perspective and an environmental foodie perspective.

Katrina Blair lives in Colorado and is part of the wild edible movement.  Although I’m not so sure about foraging for food in the wild spaces of a city, I am totally intrigued by the 13 herbs she writes about in the book.  The 13 herbs or weeds as most call them exist in some variation in every part of the world.

Weeds grow in the harshest of climates and soils.  

Used therapeutically they impart the resiliency needed for that specific location.

Title: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

Author: Katrina Blair

Tagline: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival

Details: A forager’s guide to ultimate food security including 100 nutrient-dense recipes for food, medicine, and self care.

“The wild weeds were sent as messengers to help. Once the seeds sprouted and grew into strong, resilient plants, they had the potential of imparting strength back into the humans and reawakening the primal memory of interconnectivity deep in their hearts.  

Could the wild weeds bring humanity back into harmony with the rest of creation?”

Reason for Review:

Herbs and plants carry the spirit of location when we interact with them.  Importing herbs from another location the potency and personality of the herb changes, I am a big fan of ayurvedic herbs and a bigger fan of using native plants from the local environment in my practice.  Ayurveda has a long history of documenting and classifying herbs in a way that just isn’t touched in western herbal practice.

The 13 herbs are a meeting point from where ayurvedic principles can be applied to western herbology.


Anyone interested in “TRUE” super foods.


This is a very comprehensive book.


The 13 Survival Plants

  1. Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)
  2. Chickweed (Stellaria media)
  3. Clover (Trifolium pretense)
  4. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
  5. Dock (Rumex crispus)
  6. Grass (Pos annua)
  7. Knotweed (Polygonum aviculare)
  8. Lambsquarter (Chenopodium album)
  9. Mallow (Malva neglecta)
  10. Mustard (Brassica juncea)
  11. Plantain (Plantago major)
  12. Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
  13. Thistle (Carduus nutans)

The Contents

Part 1 Basics on permaculture, harvesting, locations and myth-busting.

Part 2 Discusses each of the 13 plants, photos, nutritional qualities, uses and recipes

Other uses: 

For the ayurvedic student, match the plants to ayurvedic principles.  Also there are some great tips on how to create community around food.

The Pros 

  1. Amazing pictures of the plants at many stages to help identify
  2. Each plant has all the common names they may be called by as well as related plants
  3. How to harvest
  4. Medicinal Uses

Bottom Line

I really love this book.  If I were stranded on a deserted island, this would be one of the books I’d love to have with me.


Be sure you take care when trying plants in the wild that you are unfamiliar with.  This books has tips on how to do this safely.


I’m wondering if anyone reading this would like to help translate the wisdom of ayurvedic herbology into usage for these herbs.  I believe it would be a stunning contribution.

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