Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
Herbalist, Rachel Fee Prince offers upcoming plant walk on May 21st, 2011 at the Sweetwater Sustainability Institute. It’s a great way to, “learn about the world of herbalism beyond the health food store shelves.” Prince holds a degree in Botany and has studied the art of herbs for many years and she considers teaching others and especially her own children her, “greatest pleasure.”
Even butterflies like Japanese honeysuckle! George Mason University has published a study on Japanese honeysuckle that lists the Chinese traditional uses to help to, “Cure colds, fever, boils, sores, and viral and bacterial infections.” They continue that, “Today, this honeysuckle is a proven antibiotic.”
“Kudzu was introduced to the United States twenty-five years before the turn of the twentieth century, and is currently found naturalized throughout the southeastern states 125 years later,” reports the Appalachia Science of Public Interest website. Here’s more about Kudzu:
Kudzu leaves are also used as green manure crops or to generate biomass for compost piles to improve agricultural land. The flowers of the kudzu vine are an excellent honey source and can be infused to concoct a subtly flavorful tea. Kudzu vines can be woven into baskets and furniture. Fibers derived from the vine can be used to make both paper and cloth. The most economically valued structure of kudzu is the root which is renowned in Asia for its culinary, nutritional, and medicinal properties. The root is rich in a valuable starch that can be eaten steamed or boiled, or turned into a powder or cream for medicinal purposes. Kudzu powder or kudzu root tea is used to treat a wide array of ailments such as inflammation, hangovers, sexual apathy, indigestion, respiratory disorders, headaches, sinus troubles, muscle stiffness, kidney trouble, breast-feeding complications, and skin rashes.
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