Altnature March 2021 Newsletter
Article and Photography © Karen Bergeron Alternative Nature Online Herbal 2021.
When you look at your yard in Spring, do you see unwanted weeds?
Or do you see food and medicine? Most of these medicinal plants will grow anywhere that they are allowed to.
Medicinal Plants known as common weeds have been used throughout history as herbal remedies to help heal wounds, ease itches, bites, stings, upset stomachs, colds and more as well as providing tasty roots, salad greens, and refreshing beverages. Take another look at the wild plants that grow around us, and you will see a supermarket and medicine chest from Nature right at your feet!
For educational use only. The content on these pages has not been approved by the FDA and is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or affect any condition or disease. Please see your doctor about health issues.
I am not a doctor. I do not practice medicine. I just write about plants that I photograph.
Don't eat plants unless your are certain of their identification and safety.
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Most herbs that I photograph are in their wild habitat in Tennessee and Illinois, but I have many pictures of garden herbs as well.
Many wild herbs which are not native are invasive plants imported from other parts of the world such as Honeysuckle, Kudzu and Perilla. Passionflower, yarrow, evening primrose are just a few more of the wild herbs that are common enough to be harvested.
I use Jewelweed to make herbal remedies and preventatives for Poison Ivy, Oak, Acne, and many other skin problems.
line of Remedies really live up to their name. You can find Jewelweed growing wild in most of the Eastern United States in wet shady places and learn to make your own poison ivy herbal remedy ice cubes.
Wild Herb plants are used for food, spices, fragrance, and have a long history of traditional medicinal uses. Many wild herbs have properties and constituents that show potential in modern medicine, though more research is needed.
Self-medicating with herbs and supplements can be dangerous. Please discuss your use of herbs, vitamins and dietary supplements with your physician. Some herbs have side effects and dangerous interactions with other medications. Use of improperly identified plants can cause sickness and even death.
Experienced Ginseng Growers share information about growing and harvesting Ginseng, Ginseng Buyers List, Ginseng Links list, Ginseng Seed Sources and more. Comments and questions welcome.
Most of the wild ginseng sold to dealers goes to Asia because they have exhausted their domestic Ginseng supply. Many people are helping the population of Ginseng and other herbs with "Forest Farming". Ginseng is fairly easy to grow if you have forest land, and is a good crop for a long term investment. The best Ginseng roots are over ten years old.