Protecting our Native Medicinal Plants
Ever since I heard Rosemary Gladstar talk about the risks of wild crafting herbs, and the importance of not “over harvesting” I’ve been trying to think of a way that I can help and give back.
There are so many important medicinal plants that are at risk, and I need to find a way to help plant them and preserve them. The organisation, United Plant Savers, helps protect native medicinal plants and their native habitat while helping to ensure an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants to come. They are a great resource for information and grants to help bring these plants back to our local communities. I am brewing with ideas…
That said, I was so surprised at some of the “At Risk” plants. Can you imagine a future without Ginseng, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Gingko and Slippery Elm? These are some of the most common herbs that we see at our local health food stores, and have been over-harvested so much that our future generations may never get to use them. I’ve attached a list from the United Plant Savers website, and I urge you to get involved my making a small medicinal herb garden that helps educate and bring back our natives!!! They are part of our rich heritage.
If you decide you want to plant some of these medicinal herbs, United Plant Savers has planting information… check these guys out as they are a great resource. I feel a new calling…
- Arnica – Arnica spp.
- Butterfly Weed – Asclepias tuberosa
- Cascara Sagrada - Frangula purshiana (Rhamnus)
- Chaparro – Casatela emoryi
- Elephant Tree – Bursera microphylla
- Gentian – Gentiana spp.
- Goldthread – Coptis spp.
- Kava Kava – Piper methysticum (Hawaii only)
- Lobelia – Lobelia spp.
- Maidenhair Fern – Adiantum pendatum
- Mayapple – Podophyllum peltatum
- Oregon Grape – Mahonia spp.
- Partridge Berry – Mitchella repens
- Pink Root – Spigelia marilandica
- Pipsissewa – Chimaphila umbellata
- Spikenard – Aralia racemosa, A. californica
- Stone Root – Collinsonia canadensis
- Stream Orchid – Epipactis gigantea
- Turkey Corn – Dicentra canadensis
- White Sage – Salvia apiana
- Wild Indigo – Baptisia tinctoria
- Yerba Mansa – Anemopsis californica