If you are thinking about wild-crafting or collecting herbs for medicine or food there are certain rules and guidelines to follow. Correct identification is important to avoid fatal errors so when in doubt buy herbs instead.
Do not harvest herbs in urban areas unless it is an emergency. Harvest herbs in healthy wilderness areas that are free from any sources of pollution. Don’t harvest near any major roads, road-sides or any area that has any intense agricultural activity. Herbs for wild-harvesting must grow 50m away from any road or be 100m away if it is dirt gravel road. Pick herbs at least 200m away from any agricultural industry other than organic farming. If there is running water nearby there shouldn’t be any sources of urban, industrial or agricultural pollution upstream. When in doubt buy herbs instead.
Make sure you have correctly identified plants because errors are fatal.
- Only harvest common species in the area you are harvesting. Do not harvest endangered species.
- Only wild-harvest herbs that are plentiful in the immediate area you are harvesting.
- Only wild-harvest herbs that have a healthy and strong local population.
- Never wild-harvest from more than 10% of herbs in any specific area.
- Never wild-harvest any herb if there is evidence that someone else has harvested in that area.
- Always find at least three different areas from which you can get each species of herbs that you need to wild-harvest from so that you never wild-harvest any species from any area more than once every three years.