SOUTH MILWAUKEE – Every day you can find Nicole Kintop searching for ingredients in her South Milwaukee backyard. What I called weeds, she called nutrition.
“So I see the plant life, I mean we make salads from the plantain leaves and dandelion weeds when they’re quite young and not very bitter,” she says.
While she admits that she couldn’t keep you alive forever if you got lost in a forest with her, Nicole said she could help you survive for a few days. Her foraging career is still in its infancy, but she knows her plants.
Bending down to examine the little flowers, she said, “We also use them for salads and other things. This is called ground ivy. It is very nutritious.
However, looking for food on the dinner table is not its primary focus. She recently launched a line of organic skin care products. It is completely natural and some of the products that it uses are found during foraging.
“I think it’s best to use as few chemicals as possible. I mean we’re surrounded by chemicals every day,” she said.
We’ve been foraging in her backyard since she said her foraging locations were top secret. A food place can run out quickly if many people know about it.
Harmless weeds like dandelions can actually be used as ingredients to help remedy “sunburns, bruises, poison ivy cuts, poison oak,” she says.
She cooks it all in the kitchen of her South Milwaukee home. Some of its products include balms, facial cleansers, and exfoliating scrubs. You can buy them on his Facebook page, Naturally made by Nicole. The cost ranges from $ 15 to $ 45, but the products last a long time, she said.
However, Nicole hasn’t always been a forager. She is a recovering drug addict.
“Six years ago I was living on the streets. I mean sleeping in bus stops in winter.
She went in and out of rehab several times.
“Honestly, I never knew if I was going to live or if I was going to survive the life I was living.”
Now a happily married mother of two, she has been sober for almost six years and uses her past experience as motivation.
“My children’s lives, I would never wish them to see me in this type of state or position.”
Today, she leads a more natural lifestyle, which is part of the reason she started her skin care business.
“I haven’t planted any of this except what grows in my garden and these flowers here.
She does not pick weeds. Nicole is looking for opportunities.
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