Thank you everyone for playing our botanical bingo in 2019. I hope you enjoy our botanical walk for celebrating National Herb Day. We celebrated all May playing bingo and through June as well with our botanical walk with all of our bingo answers. Look forward to see our winners posted in our July newsletter. I hope you enjoy learning about each of these plants and that you will look forward to playing next year.
May 21: Mimosa
This beautiful plant is in the pea family, the fabaceae family and is not used as medicine, nor is it the plant used in making mimosa drinks. This plant is related to a smaller plant that is often called ‘sensitive plant.’ Sensitive plant will close it’s leaves when it is touched and it’s leaves are very similar in shape to the mimosa plant. The mimosa plant in the United States is found as a large shade tree and is grown as an ornamental plant. It is hardy in many growth zones.
May 22: Rosemary
Many of us know of Rosemary Gladstar, the wonderful herbalist. I have been inspired by her often and I always remember her telling me about rosemary. This plant is considered to flourish in a garden where the woman rules the house. Sage, however rules the garden where the man rules the house. This herb is one that I love to add to sweet and savory dishes alike. It is an herb with many uses but I particularly enjoy it as a digestive aid.
May 23: Burdock
Is one of the most popular herbs used to support the liver. It is called a choleretic and a cholagogue herb, both stimulating production of bile and bile’s flow. Bile is integral to digesting fats in our digestive system. If you have a hard time digesting fats you may want to consider taking a burdock root decoction with a more fatty meal. You may easily be able to recognize this plant by it’s seeds but by the time it has gone to seed most of the medicine in the root has left the plant. It is best to harvest the root of this plant in the fall of the plant’s first year or the spring of the second year.
May 24: Cleavers
Cleavers is also an herb that supports the liver in addition to the lymphatic system. This gives it its energy as a detoxifying herb, helping us to rid toxins from our body through both the digestive as well as the lymphatic system. Children love to play with this plant as well. The leaves and stems act like Velcro and will stick to just about anything that gets close to it. You may chose to wrap some of it around your head when you are walking through the woods to help keep the bugs away from your face.
May 25: Purselane
This small plant you can most often find growing in the cracks in side walks. There are also ornamental varieties that have lovely flowers and are low growing cover plant. This plant is great added to salads and is quite a flavorful green. Be sure to wash it thoroughly before eating. I personally prefer the leaves and not the stems. This plant is also quite unique as it is considered to be high in omega fatty acids.
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