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Flower Power: Natural healing

Wild plants many provide health and healing benefits



 

Hippocrates is quoted as saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” While you should check with your health care provider before consuming any foraged wild plant, many provide myriad health and healing benefits in addition to being a delicious option to flavor soups, tisanes, and salads.

 

1) Elderflower

The flower that gives St. Germain liqueur it’s distincitive flavor is often used to ease symptoms of colds and flu.

 

2) Monarda

Commonly called bee balm, horsemint, or oswego tea, uses for this fragrant plant include antiseptic, mouthwash, and gas relief.

 

3) Self-Heal

The entire plant is edible, and can be used both internally and externally to treat a number of health complaints and wounds, like cold sores.

 

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