Last week during our hands-on class of The Ginkgo Tree Herbal Course, we embarked on a fascinating exploration, discovering the hidden treasures of nature's bounty. From the humble Dandelion to the enchanting St. John's Wort, each plant revealed its unique medicinal value, leaving us in awe of the power and wisdom that lies within the natural world. Let me share with you a quick summary of all the plants we discovered.
During our herb walk last week, we discovered that dandelion is not just a pesky weed but actually, a potent medicinal plant, known for its liver detoxifying properties and ability to support digestion and skin health.
We also learned about Horsetail, a fascinating plant rich in silica, which makes it an excellent herb for promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails, as well as supporting urinary tract health.
Crampbark caught our attention with its impressive ability to ease menstrual cramps and muscle spasms, making it a valuable herb for women's health and overall pain relief.
Raspberry leaf, commonly known as a women's herb, revealed its magical nutritional value, reducing menstrual discomfort, and supporting a healthy reproductive system.
Garlic mustard, by many known as an invasive nuisance, has a rich nutritional profile and perhaps, is mother nature's very own way of bringing back native plants.
Plantain, with its soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities, proved to be a fantastic herb for treating skin irritations, insect bites, and even minor wounds, making it a must-have in any herbal first aid kit.
Catnip, known for its effects on feline friends, surprised us with its calming and relaxing properties for humans as well, making it an excellent herb for reducing anxiety and promoting restful sleep.
Lastly, St. John's Wort, is famous for its antiviral and antidepressant qualities, although very often used as a first aid herb and infused in oil as a useful muscle relaxant and after-sun aide.
Now, armed with newfound knowledge about the medicinal value of these incredible herbs, we encourage you to take a stroll in your local park or nature reserve, open your eyes to the wonders around you, and see what treasures you may find. Nature is a vast and generous healer, just waiting to be explored and embraced. Have a happy herb walk!
Much love, Evelyn