5 Early Autumn Herbs to Forage

5 Early Autumn Herbs to Forage

By Shannon, Posted in Wellness

As summer gracefully transitions into fall, a new realm of possibilities awakens. This shift encompasses more than a dynamic display of colored leaves. It also offers an opportune time to explore the wonders of emerging herbs during early fall.

Let's delve into the enchanting world of foraging and learn about five unusual herbs that make their appearance this season: goldenrod, elecampane root, mugwort, dandelion root, and black walnut. Prepare yourself for an exciting journey as we uncover the treasures that early autumn has to offer.


When other flowers begin to fade, goldenrod bursts onto the scene with its vibrant yellow flowers, bringing life back into the landscape. It is pollinated by insects and does not cause any sort of allergies, disregarding the horrendous misconception about itself. In addition to its pleasant appearance, it provides relief from colds and urinary problems through a soothing tea. It also serves as a sign that signals the changing seasons.

Goldenrod can be found in sunny fields, meadows, and woodland edges hailing vibrant yellow plume-like flowers, which are made up of clusters of small blossoms.


Standing tall with its yellow flowers, Elecampane Root is a powerhouse for respiratory health. It's been a trusted remedy for coughs and congestion for ages. Whether you go for a soothing tea or a tincture, this herb has your back when it comes to keeping your lungs happy and healthy.

Elecampane can be easily identified by its tall stature adorned with lance-shaped leaves with serrated margins and vibrant daisy-like yellow flowers with a cone-shaped center. They can be easily found in damp habitats like meadows and woodland edges.


Mugwort's silvery leaves and mysterious scent set the mood for something extraordinary. It is known in all cultures to enhance dreams and intuition. Plus, it aids in digestion, making it a great choice for early fall forage. Enjoy a cup of mugwort tea to ease digestion and relax.

Mugwort can be identified by its deeply lobed leaves with a silver-gray hue on the undersides, emitting a strong scent when crushed


Dandelions might have a bad reputation as pesky weeds, but their roots are pure gold. Now it's time to dig them up, dry them, and roast them for a coffee-like treat. These roots are like superheroes for your liver, full of vitamins and minerals that your body loves. This is a win-win situation.

You can easily find dandelions in lawns, meadows, and roadsides showcasing  elongated toothed or lobed leaves forming a basal rosette, bright yellow composite flowers atop hollow stems, and distinctive spherical seed heads with fluffy parachutes for seed dispersal

Black Walnut

Well, not quite an herb, but black walnuts deserve a shout-out for the goodies they drop during early autumn. Those fallen nuts under the black walnut trees are a jackpot of healthy goodness. They are packed with omega-3 and other phenomenal antioxidants that serve as secret ingredients for everything from salads to baked treats.

They thrive in mixed woodlands near streams and can be identified by their pinnate leaves, furrowed dark gray to black bark, and the unmistakable black walnuts