Thank you to everyone who was able to join us last Sunday for our native plant walk at Jackson Mounds. If you were unable to join us that’s okay too. We hope you can join us next time.
Below is a list of the plants we saw on our walk with some notes on their medicinal and magickal uses. We hope you all enjoyed our walk and found the information useful. We will likely be doing this again in the fall so we can get to know and entirely different group of plants that grow and bloom then.
~ Blessed Be!
Narrow Leaf Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
Uses: treatment for skin irritation, digestive aid
How to use: Mash leaves with a mortar and pestle and infuse in oil to make a salve, Make a compress using tea from the leaves for drink tea directly for internal use.
Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)
Uses: edible flowers, leaves and stems, medicinal for kidney, stomach and menstrual problems, or external skin irritations, such as stings, bites and growths
How to use: cook stems like asparagus or eat young leaves and flowers in a salad.
Make a tea from the roots as a laxative or a tea from the leaves for kidney and stomach problems. Make a poultice from the leaves for stings, bites, growths
Fleabane, Eyebright (Erigeron spp.)
Uses: for headaches, colds, fevers, menstrual problems
How to use: Make a poultice from the leaves for headaches, a snuff from the leaves for colds, or a tea from the roots for any of the above issues.
Violets (Viola spp.)
Uses: edible, cough remedy, lowering fevers, anti-inflammatory, gentle laxative, sore throats, insomnia.
How to use: Edible leaves and flowers. Make an infusion of leaves, roots and flowers and use to make a violet glycerite.
Wood Sorrel – Purple or Yellow (Oxalis spp.)
Uses: edible leaves and flowers- high in Vit C and A. Diuretic, fever reducer, increases appetite, reduces inflammation. Note: toxic in very large quantities.
Spainish Needles (Bidens alba)
Uses: astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-infective for lungs, sinuses, gi, prostate and urinary tract.
How to use: as a tea, internally, externally or as a nasal spray. (Source: motherearthnews.com)
Horse Nettle (Solanum carolinense)
Use caution! Stinging leaves and stems! Also poisonous unless used in a specific way. Uses: poison ivy remedy, epilepsy, diuretic, pain killer, anti-spasmodic, aphrodisiac
Coral bean (Erythrina herbacea)
Most parts of the plant are poisonous, but a tea made from the roots has medicinal properties for bowel troubles. A topical ointment has been made from the seeds.
Greenbrier (Smilax spp.)
The young shoots are edible, though the adult leaves are usually too tough to digest.
Its rhizomes can be eaten as a source of starch. Several species have medicinal uses, but it may be important to identify them down to species as different species have been used for different things. There are 9 common species in this area and they are difficult to distinguish.
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
The leaves and flowers are edible. A poultice can be made from the leaves for skin ointment.
Florida Betony (Stachys floridana)
Lyreleaf Sage (Salvia lyrata)
Leaves are edible