Medicinal Plants

One of my many interests has been the use of medicinal plants. I have dabbled in it in the past. It is now so easy to go to the local health food store and purchase what you feel you need.

I now have the time to maybe try making my own tinctures or teas. I am a firm believer in using what God has given us. All of the chemical compounds that Doctors so readily prescribe can do more harm than good! Not to say all are that way. I do take a few for my arthritis.  Mostly I take a lot of supplements. Each person is different and has different needs. By no means take my word as gospel!

Balsamorhiza sagittata is a North American species of flowering plant in the sunflower tribe of the aster family known by the common name arrowleaf balsamroot. It is widespread across western Canada and much of the western United States. A specimen was collected by explorer and botanist Meriwether Lewis near Lewis and Clark Pass in 1806. source wikipedia

Native Americans relied on all parts of arrow-leaf balsamroot for food. Young leaves and shoots were peeled and eaten raw, boiled or steamed. The peeled roots have a bitter, strongly pine-scented sap. When cooked for several days (roasted or steamed) the root became edible and was often ground into meal and mixed with grease and made into cakes, or mixed with powdered berries and eaten with a spoon. The small, sunflower-like seeds were dried or roasted and pounded. The plant was also used for medicinal purposes, with the leaves being used as a poultice for burns, the roots boiled and the solution applied as a salve for wounds, cuts, and bruises, and a tea derived from the roots used as a treatment for tuberculosis and whooping cough. Today, it is added to muffins, loaves of bread, and granola, and can also serve as an emergency survival food. Modern herbal practitioners may use the root as an immunostimulant or expectorant. source: http://fwp.mt.gov/education/youth/lewisAndClark/plants/arrowleaf.html

Please do your own research before using any herbal remedies as they can conflict with prescription medicines.

I hope Y’all have an awesome day!

Hugs from Cozinest Hollow! (Mountain Meme)

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