(Tennessee) on 04/04/2017
Here is a picture of my comfrey plant...
(Tennessee) on 04/20/2017
It is spring and the plantain in my yard is abundant! I tend to use it a lot in the spring, too. If I get an insect bite I grab a piece of plantain and squish it and rub it on the bite. I can't quite believe how well it works.
My son burned his hand on the lawnmower last week. It was a second degree burn and hurt a lot. I picked fresh plantain leaves and scalded them. Then I cooled them. I put salve on the burn and then put the cool wilted leaves onto the burn and bandaged that up. Voila! No more pain. I did this morning and evening for 5 days until the skin was healed up well enough that he no longer needed it.
Money could not buy a better remedy than this plant I pick for free. I am attaching some pictures so you can look for it in your yard if you don't already know what it looks like. This is the broad leaf kind and looks kind of like lettuce. It could be used in salads!
~Mama to Many~
(Tennessee) on 04/27/2017
I took some pictures of some mullein plants that are growing wild on the edges of our pastures. You will often see this plant along roadsides. It is sometimes mistaken for the lamb's ear plant as both are have leaves that are fuzzy and somewhat light in color. Mullein grows in more of a rosette form, though. When the plants produce stalks and flowers it is easier to tell them apart. I hope to send some pictures of my mullein plant with stalks and flowers at some point.
I love mullein. It is gentle an mild tasting. The leaves make a wonderful tea for a cough. The flowers can be used in an oil for earaches. The most remarkable thing to me about mullein though is the roots. A tincture from the roots, applied topically to the spine is thought to help increase the synovial fluid. It has worked for me in the past. Herbalist Jim McDonald suggests 5-15 drops of the tincture internally to help "unkink" the spine. It is also recommended by some herbalists as a treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, which is usually very difficult to treat.
The second picture is a bit blurry but has part of my hand in it so you can see the size of the leaves.
~Mama to Many~
MtM, could you kindly post a picture of Wolf oats? The plant please. I have what I think is them near my place and I'd like to make a tea from them. But I need to be sure it's the right plant.
(Tn) on 05/10/2017
I have had the incredible privilege of taking a trip with my family to the South Dakota area. Our goal was to spend time together and hike together. On our hiking trips I have noticed some familiar herbs, though the landscape and climate are very different than where I live in TN.
We also hiked around Devil's Tower in Wyoming. I noticed some small mullein plants coming up. Conditions here are harsher than TN, so at least for now, the plants are smaller. I noticed Dandelions are smaller. The Burdock plant I saw was about like I would see at home. And of course the pine trees are stunning.
Burdock leaves can be used as a dressing on burns. Burdock root is a blood purifier.
Dandelion is great for the liver and gall bladder.
I have mentioned mullein benefits often....
And pine, of course....a tea can be made from the needles is a traditional remedy for cough and scurvy. (Some pine trees are poisonous - so do your research before drinking pine needle tea.) And of course, turpentine, made from pine trees has many medicinal applications from treating parasites to arthritis.
Enjoy the pictures - and be on the lookout for local herbs! :)
Photo 1 - Pine Trees at the base of Devil's Tower
Photo 2 - Small Mullein plant
Photo 3 - Burdock leaf
Photo 4 - Dandelion flowers
~Mama to Many~