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Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains
Transcript of Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains
Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains
The wild plantain is a very common weed, found in most yards in North America.
important herb in organic gardening
used as a fertilizer and as an herbal medicine.
is a perennial herb of the
"Boraginaceae" with a black, turnip-like root, large, hairy broad leaves that bears small bell-shaped flowers of various colors (mainly purpley)
known by both organic gardeners and herbalists for its great usefulness and versatility; 'Bocking 14' cultivator of Russian Comfrey.
herbalists view comfrey as an ambivalent and controversial herb that may offer therapeutic benefits but can cure liver toxicity.
One country named comfrey ‘knitbone' ~ traditional use in healing bone fractures Modern science confirms that comfrey can have a positive influence on bone healing
Comfrey is a fast growing plant, producing huge amounts of leaf during the growing season hence is very nitrogen hungry!
commonly called chokecherry, bitter-berry
found in North America mostly throughout the continent except for the deep south and the far north
found from Newfoundland to British Colombia, through all but the most northern of forests
suckering shrub or small tree growing to 13 to 15 tall
The leaves are oval, 3–10 cm long
The flowers are produced in racemes of 15-30 in late spring
Today wild chokecherrys makes fine preserves, juice, jelly, and syrup.
Chokecherry leather is still a unique, convenient, healthy, and tasty snack.
Chokecherries should be left on the bush until they are dark purple-black, showing no hint of red
skullcap is the herb of a member of the mint family from rich woods and moist soils in eastern North America
it is found in sandy fields in northeast China and adjacent Russia and in the mountains of south west China
known as maddog skullcap, the Americans used to treat rabies. Traditionally it is known as a nerve tonic and sedative for relieving anxiety, neuralgia, and insomnia
skullcap available in dried form as teas, capsules, tablets, and tinctures
it is a member of the mint family
it has an upright habit, growing 60 to 80 centimeters in maximum height, is a wetland-loving species and grows near marshes, meadows, and other wet habitat
The blue flowers are just under a centimeter long.
perennial herb found in parts of the Rocky Mountains and northern Mexico, (southwestern United States)
Colorado cough root
mountain plant, most commonly found in deep, moist soils rich in organic material. The plant requires shade. Osha is widely spread from British Columbia south into Oregon and Washington
found in the upper limits of the subalpine zone, southern part of its range, it grows at elevations from 7,000 feet to 10,000 feet
, and attempts to artificially cultivate the plant outside of its habitat have not been successful
members of the parsley family, with parsley-like leaves umbels of white flowers
roots of older plants are far stronger and bitter than those of younger plants
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Some Proven Uses:
Scutellarin is transformed by hydrolysis into scutellarein.
It looks very similar to broadleaf plantain, which is the most common species, tell them apart by pulling the plant out of the ground.
They are low, short plants with wide, round leaves that have parallel veins.
Plantains grow well in compacted soil, and can be found in dry soils, lawns, fields, also roadsides . (Sub-alpine and Montane area)
Wild plantain is edible, and can be used in salads, as a potherb, and as tea. (The tea is high in vitaimn A and C)
Young leaves are a good addition to salads, or blanched and sautéed with butter and garlic.
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/modern-homesteading/common-plantain-zm0z11zhun.aspx#ixzz28CXEUsSZ
Plantain, commonly regarded as a weed, is a nutritious veggie that can thrive in any climate
Some little facts:
leaves are edible
Common things to eat:
Comfrey is a compost activator~~
include comfrey in the compost heap to add nitrogen and help to heat the heap. Comfrey should not be added in quantity as it will quickly break down into a dark sludgy liquid that needs to be balanced with more fibrous, carbon-rich material.
Comfrey as a mulch or side dressing - a two-inch layer of comfrey leaves placed around a crop will slowly break down and release plant nutrients; it is especially useful for crops that need extra potassium, such as fruit bearers but also reported to do well for potatoes. Comfrey can be slightly wilted before application optionally but either way, avoid using flowering stems as these can root.
Although it will continue to grow no matter what, it will benefit from the addition of animal manure applied as a mulch, and can also be mulched with other nitrogen rich materials such as lawn mowings, and is one of the few plants that will tolerate the application of fresh urine diluted 50:50 with water, although this should not be regularly added as it may increase salt levels in the soil and have adverse effects on soil life such as worms.
Wendy Monroe-Native Medicinals
Louis, Mary Ann. "Disclaimer." University of Maryland Medical Center. Maryland State University Publisher, 5 July 2011. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/comfrey-000234.htm>.
Harrison, Dave. "Skullcap Herb Profile." Skullcap Herb Profile. Mountain Rose Co-op, 24 Jan. 2007. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/skullcap.php>.
Landon, Mary. "Chokecherry." Chokecherry. Wildwritting Inc., 5 Mar. 2010. Web. 04 Oct. 2012. <http://www.wildfoods.info/wildfoods/chokecherry.html>.
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