The past few weeks I have been traveling around Asia visting South Korea and I am currently wrapping up my trip in Cambodia. I wanted to share some of the wonderful photographs I took of medicinal plants that we all know and love. Know that many of the herbs we use in Western Herbal Medicine are still found through the whole world.
Reshi for one, is found in most arid climates. This reshi above was growing out of a fence post. They love to grow on old, rotting wood. Take care not to disturb them when you find one and be an ethical harvester, taking no more than 10% of a population when you harvest any plant.
Below you can see horsetail. Horsetail is a prehistoric plant that has a different kind of vascular system compared to most plants that we work with. It is best known for it’s high silica content which can be extracted by making very long decoctions.
Echinacea, now this one we all know right. I have never seen it in so many beautiful colors until visiting Korea. Now these different colors are all different varieties and are not the ones we generally use medicinally but aren’t they just lovely!
Pawpaw is a fun plant that is not used a lot medicinally but it is a great fuiting plant that grows in the southern states as well as here in Asia. See if you can harvest the fruits when you see this tree in your woods.
Now we all know about black cohosh. It is an indangered plant in the United States but I have now seen it in a bunch of gardens in my Korea travels. I had never once actually seen a black, black cohosh. Now I see why they are called black and blue cohosh. Blue cohosh do have a blue tinge to their leaves.
I absolutly love hibiscus tea and one garden I was able to explore had a huge variety of hibiscus plants growing for a exhibit. I did not know hibiscus was also called rose of sharon. It does make a lovely fruity tea and if you have the chance you need to try it.
The last beautiful plant I want to share with you today is this juniper. Juniper is where turpentine was origionally extracted from but the trees make beauitful garden plants. The fruit you see here is actually a cone as they are conifer plants. The large tree you see below to the left is a 700 year old juniper tree at the Changdeokgung Palace in the secret garden. Be sure to visit this stunning garden if you have the opportunity to visit Seoul, South Korea.
If you are interested in using these and other herbs on a daily basis, please consult with a professional herbalist. Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes and The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities.