Nature Walk with Herbalist Julie James at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park!

.......books from Julie's collection....

Last Saturday, we went on a nature walk with the meet up group "Green Wisdom".....Julie James, the master herbalist, guided our group through this beautiful park, recognizing over 20 plants, many of which we could eat and use in soups, make infusions and use for wounds and inflammation...to say the least....below are the pictures and names for each plant...along with my notes....

1) Coyote Mint, poofy purple flower, Laminaceae family like Rosemary

2) Bella Donna, somewhat toxic (night shade family)

3) Oak Tree, has tannins, boil leaves and apply to wounds, anti-inflammatory, cooling, good for skin irritations, constriction of tissue, use leaves dry or fresh, bark is medicinally stronger and the root is even stronger.

4) Mule Fat

5) Willie Blue Pearls, anti-microbial, Laminaceae family

6) Elder, common CA plant, beige flower clusters, best known as Elderberry, seeds are toxic if consumed in large amounts, black elderberry syrup is delicious and recipes can be found online, harvest berries around spring time to make syrup (remove seeds), improves circulation if taken over a long period of time, strengthens eyes and heart. Flower: immune system, make apple cider vinegar extraction and keep it for years!

7) Black Sage (salvia), Laminaceae family, anti-fungal, rich in essential oils, cooling and constrictive affect, helps reduce perspiration (make an extraction in vinegar for 2 weeks or stick leaves in your socks and walk on them).

8) Sage Brush (not salvia), aromatic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal, good for pelvic area and uterus, not good for pregnant women, stimulates the liver and gall bladder, Asteraceae family....sorry, no picture.

9) Mugwart, stimulates dreaming

10) Green Walnut Tree, good for parasites (extract), harvest unripe hulls to make tincture....forgot to photograph....

11) Mustard Weed, on "Dirty Dozen" list because it's not a CA native and it's taking over the landscapes! High in sulfur, valuable for liver functions, warming affects for tissues, low metabolism, good if you have cold hands and feet.

12) Oat, also on Dirty Dozen list, harvest in early spring, milky oats are healing for the adrenals and nervous system. Oat straw: rich in calcium, magnesium and silica.

13) Goose Berry, tannin rich....also forgot to photograph....

14) Monkey Flower, for fear of the unknown

15) Loofa Plant!!

Loofa! But please remove the spiky things before using...

16) Horehound: respiratory system, good for excessive mucus, coughing, infection, extremely bitter taste, make a hot infusion or tincture.

17) Wild Lettuce, gentle sedative, make infusion or extract.

18) Milk Thistle, liver supporter, seeds can be eaten, not water soluble, make tincture/alcoholic extraction or just eat them!

19) Cleveland Sage, flowers taste great in a salad.

20) Nettles, awesome nourishing plant! For those living in Long Beach and who can not grow their own nettles....there is a vendor at the Sunday's farmers market that sells nettles...she also sell yummy mushrooms!

21) Lemonade Berry, so sour!

22) Wild Rose, CA native

.....and there were many more but I stopped taking pictures and notes and just listened to Julie and enjoyed the rest of the walk.....

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures! Thanks--what a great day that was. DEFINITELY pot luck next time...
    Just a clarification: you DID get a pic (and quite a lovely one!)of sagebrush (artemisia), but not of Black sage.
    Thanks so much for sharing the photos and your experience! Always good to see you,