My annual herb walk will be held this year on May 10th.
If you attended last year, come back again. We're going to talk about more plants that are edible.
You may arrive anytime between 9:30 & 4:30. I will repeat the same walk several times during the day. So, don't worry that you might miss something if you don't get there early.
Shown below are scenes from the herb walk May 9th 2009
It's held the 2nd Saturday in May, so make plans now to attend the
2014 herb walk.
Judy showing the difference between English Plantain & Common Plantain
Group standing by Scaffold Lick Creek
Examining the boneset plant
Judy pointing out boneset by the creek
Sniffing the Wild Oregano
Checking out boneset
Also called Flannel Plant & Aaron's Rod.
The mature plant has a tall spike with yellow blooms.
Our forefathers used the leaf for asthma and other lung problems, by smoking the plant.
Also, the tall spike was used as a torch to light the way in caves.
Herbal Information & Products
In nature, you will always find plants that have a look a like. This can be dangerous to an inexperienced person seeking to gather herbs for food or medicinal purposes.
One prime example is Queen Anne's Lace and Poison Hemlock. Both plants have a similar bloom. One good way to identify Poison Hemlock is by the purple blotches on the stem. The plant has a horrible smell when the stem is crushed. This is a deadly plant, and there is no room for mistakes. So take an experienced herbalist with you, and a good field guide, when you are beginning to learn about wild plants.
Our forefathers & pioneers used herbs in medicine, foods, and daily living. Modern medicines and modern ways have caused today's society to get away from this valuable information. God put these plants on earth for our use. They worked then, and they still work today.
I don't mean to imply that we don't need modern medicine and doctors. Certainly we do. Many of our modern medicines are derived from plants. A good example would be Foxglove which is used to make a heart medication called digitalis.
St. John's Wort
This is called nature's antidepressant
One easy way to identify this plant, crush the yellow bloom between your fingers. If it turns red, you have found
St. John' s Wort
This is supposed to represent the blood of St. John
This plant has a tall spike with small yellow blooms. It was used as a torch to light the way in caves. Medicinal uses:
Used as an asthma and bronchitis herbal medication.
The berries from this plant were
often used to make wine
Believe it or not, this plant does grow wild in Kentucky.
Normally, you would expect to find this plant in the western part of the United States.
It is edible if you can get past the prickly needles.
This plant is edible, and full of vitamins and minerals.
Just be careful, and don't touch the nettles found on the stem.
You'll find this plant growing on river and creek banks.
The dried leaves of this plant were used by Native Americans
for flu, and to reduce fevers. It's usually found growing in moist areas.
This is also called wild marjoram, and is good for stomach ailments. Helps to eliminate yeast in your body
The fruit and leaves can be used as a tea for abdominal upsets and diarrhea.
Directions on how it's made can be found below.
Closeup of Ironweed
This plant blooms in late summer in KY.
Field of Evening Primrose
Also known as "Soapwort"
The plant can actually produce a lather. The background plant is giant ragweed
For those who have asked to see the difference between Queen Anne's lace and Poison Hemlock blooms, see the two pictures below. The top picture shows Queen Anne's Lace. It usually has a tiny purple bloom in the center of the bloom.
It's one large umbel on a stem.
Below that, you will find a Poison Hemlock bloom. Notice that it has several umbels, usually 11 on top of one stem. The stem of Poison Hemlock has purple blotches. Please keep children away from Poison Hemlock, it can be deadly.
Roots can be dried and used as a
The tubers of this plant are edible after the first frost.
This plant is very poisonous.
The bloom looks similar to a
This plant is wonderful for skin abrasions, and bee stings. It's found on most lawns. It's also edible, and good in salads.
The sap found in the stem is
sometimes used to remove warts.
This plant is used to treat
poison ivy, and is often found growing near poison ivy and poison oak.
It's also a wild Touch Me Not, sometimes it's listed as waterweed.
Jewelweed has two different colored blooms. You will find either an orange bloom, or yellow, as seen below.
I was taught many years ago that the yellow bloom plant shown below was called Angelica. The stem looks like celery. The compound leaflets can be used as a tea for abdominal gas.
Some herbal books call this plant wild parsnip. The roots are poisonous. It's usually found growing in marshy areas, or near creeks.
If you like the taste of garlic, you'll love this plant in your spring salad.
You'll find it blooming in late April or early May. It's best to harvest the leaves when very tender in March or early April.
The willow tree has many uses. It can be used for basket making, & rustic furniture. The twigs should be gathered in the Fall & Winter for furniture making.
An aspirin like substance is found in the bark, which makes a good tea for headaches, & other aches and pains.
Don't use if you have an allergy to aspirin
The leaves of this plant were used during the Civil War. They were placed on wounds to stop bleeding.
The flower heads dry beautifully for floral arrangements.
Blooms in early Spring
Usually found in wooded areas
These are young burdock plants. The leaves will be double this size, when fully mature. Great Burdock produces the big
round cockleburr seeds. The inventor of "Velcro" was said to have gotten his idea from this plant. Burdock leaves are edible, and the roots were used as "Hoxey's cancer cure.
Peppermint growing in creek
Look close, you'll see wild peppermint
emerging through the creek water.