Jul 13, 2011
This Week In The (Wild) Garden
I took a walk up in the hills last weekend with a couple friends. One of my friends was looking for plants to sketch in order to make her own plant oracle cards. I was on the lookout for plants to use in some of my herbal creations. I used my cellphone, so please forgive the shabby pics - but I wanted to show you some of the wonderful things we spotted. Some of the above yarrow came home with me to be used in a salve I was making.
Yarrow can be applied on wounds, used for treating eczema, used in tea form to alleviate a fever, weak stomach and intestinal distress. Unfortunately, being a cousin of chamomile which is itself a cousin to ragweed, it is common to have an allergy to yarrow if you are allergic to ragweed. If you can drink chamomile tea without incident though, you should be happy with yarrow.
Below is a photo of some Indian paintbrush that was scattered over the hills. These flowers are similar to pointsettias in that their bright red 'blossoms' are actually foliage and not flower petals.
This funny blue flower is self-heal. Also known as heal-all or allheal, this lovely plant is known for having an anti-bacterial effect. Used in wound and skin healing it is also supposed to be very good for digestive issues and high blood pressure. Use these flowers & leaves in teas or in poultices and salves. You can also eat the leaves as you would dandelion leaves - as a slightly bitter additive to salads.
One of my favourite healing plants is red clover. Full of natural estrogens, red clover is a wonderful tea herb for women who are going through menopause. I use it as a tea when I'm on my moontime for balancing my system. It is reported to be a blood purifier, good for skin healing and asthma and bronchitis. Red clover is also being researched as a cancer treatment.
This picture was not taken on our walk, but snapped yesterday when I was out for more girl-time with my friends. We were walking into a restaurant when we spotted this beauty on a bush.
Hope you all have been getting plenty of time outdoors this month. Don't forget to look around in your area - you never know what kind of wonderful healing plants are right under your nose!