Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pic Today 4/17/13





HERBAL MEDICINE
FROM THE FOREST FLOOR

Long valued by Native Americans,
the unmistakable 3-leaf trillium
is now sprouting from the wet forest floor.

Also called birthroot, "shade trillium"
is a wild perennial with well known
medicinal value.

The young unfolding leaves are delicious
as a salad addition, tasting like sunflower seeds.
The roots can be boiled in milk as a
treatment for diarrhea and dysentery.

Native American women used trillium
to facilitate childbirth.
It was considered to be a sacred female herb,
and they only spoke of it to their medicine women.

Trillium is one of the easiest recognizable herbs,
and also a signal that morel mushrooms are not far behind.

3 comments:

  1. It's beautiful this plant!
    Conventional wisdom on medicinal plants is a fascinating subject!

    Rick Kisses!

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  2. nice shots and more importantly.. maybe?... we learned something

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  3. Medicinal plants have always been considered a healthy source of life. :)
    Thanks!

    xx Ilka

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