Today is our last day of 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. I hope you enjoy learning about each of these plants and that you will look forward to playing next year.
May 26: Feverfew
Tradition says to have one leaf of this plant a day to prevent headaches and migraines. It was common to take this on a slice of buttered bread. Feverfew is also a nice antiseptic herb. It can be made into a tea and used as a mouth wash to help rid the mouth of bacteria. This should not be done in addition to your normal tooth cleaning regimen. In addition to bacteria, feverfew may also be used to treat parasitic infections.
May 27: Pineapple Weed
I saw this plant often when I was growing up but then as I moved to Pennsylvania and Maryland I no longer saw it. Pineapple weed is a close relative to chamomile and it does smell like pineapple when crushed. It can be used similar to chamomile as a bitter herb and also to provide a calming yet flavorful boost to any tea. Botanically, I find this plant interested because it is one of the two asters I know that does not have any ray flowers in its inflorescence. https://thedancingherbalist.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/pineapple-weed/
May 28: Hellebore
This is not a plant that is used for medicine. It is a beautiful ornamental plant that has flowers that nearly always droop and look downward. The flowers range in colors from yellows and greens to dark red and purples. It is especially common in many European gardens because it is an evergreen plant. It is a poisonous plant and should not be ingested.
May 29: Dandelion
This is one of the most versatile herbs out there. Almost all of the dandelion plant is used as medicine (except the stem). The flower is used in making wine. The leaves of the dandelion plant are a great food and are used to support urinary challenges. The root is also used for supporting detoxification of the liver. Putting this all together your body will be able to remove many of the toxins that we are exposed to on a regular basis. Don’t mow, spray, or kill our dandelions! They show up where the land is damaged to help heal the land and to help heal us from our own damage.
May 30: Banana
If banana isn’t one of your favorite plants you haven’t been doing it right. Banana trees grow in tropical regions and produce large bunches of bananas from a single flower. There are many different varieties of bananas that are all different sizes, colors, tastes, and textures. One of the most popular varieties, the Chiquita banana, is on it’s way to extinction due to Fusarium wilt, a kind of fungus. Other banana varieties are now easier to find in the grocery store because of this.
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