Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Earth's Medicine Cabinet Part 1

There is so much the Earth offers. Can you name these two medicinal plants? Bonus points to anyone who can also tells what they are good for!


  1. The orange flowers belong to Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis), also known as Jewelweed. The juice of the crushed plant (especially the red portion near the base) is an effective wash for areas of your body that may have come in contact with Poison-Ivy. If a rash has already developed, it's probably too late for this plant to be much help.

    The other plant is probably Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), especially noted for its use in treatment protocols for Lyme disease. It's been used for a variety of issues, including treating Staph infection, treating certain cancers, and healing damage as a result of burns.

    For more on both plants, I'd recommend "Ancestral Plants" by Arthur Haines.

  2. Josh, fantastic quick response ... you win. Welcome to MooseBoots.

    I have also made a salve from the jewelweed that is very effective for treating burns (kitchen and sunburns).

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