"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

"Judge every day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, June 11, 2010

Jewelweed and Poison Ivy,treatment from nature

Out here in the woods we have lots of Jewelweed ( Impatiens capensis) growing by the creek. I mean lots. It has an unusual little flower like a little horn.

Another name "touch-me-nots" b/c in drying or when touched it contracts,coils and splits explosively , casting seeds far away in all directions. Could be why we have so much of it.

I have just seen a couple of flowers so they are almost ready for the show. Its like it own little jungle with a dense canopy of plants

It's said by rubbing the leaves and stems on the skin will prevent and even cure a poison ivy infection as well as take the sting out of sting nettle. Thumping my forehead here, my sister has a case of poison ivy on her arm and here I'm sit'n on the stuff, thump, thump. Dr sis to the rescue quick!

Here's some info about Jewelweed http://www.altnature.com/jewelweed.htm

I plan on making some salve using the jewelweed and other herbs that I'm growing.

Now this next picture is total irony to me. When I seen this growing right in the middle of the Jewelweed I felt kinda sorry for it, but just for a little bit.

That's right POSION IVY, growing smack in the middle of its antidote. What was it thinkin!

This week went really fast , home today in the workshop , breaking for some ice tea , and a little blog time : ). For lunch I think I'll grab a sandwich some chips and eat by the creek.

Last night it was so still just the sound of a lone bull frog. Lighting bugs lit all around and if I really listen hard enough I could have heard them.

Have a great weekend
Blessings, linda

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post Linda. What a find. Sure your sister is glad you have such beneficial plants growing in your part of the woods. It is a lovely, fragile looking flower. As for the ivy growing in the middle, well haven't we all found ourselves in a tough spot now and again! Have a great weekend.


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