(Populus tremuloides) Quaking Aspen bark can be used just like it’s cousin Willow to cool inflammation and ease pain.
(Melia azeradach) Called “Paraiso” (paradise) in the Caribbean, the large intricate leaves of this non-native tree are used in limpias or blessings. Various parts of the plant can be used to treat parasites, but caution is needed due to degrees of toxicity.
(Proboscidea louisianica) Slice up these seed pods when green and use like okra. Blooms June through Spetember here in central TX. Check out the Devil’s Claw Medicinal Minute!
(Sambucus canadensis) Elder grows wild here in central Texas. Flowers and berries used for viral infections. Watch the Elderflower Medicinal Minute!
(Physalis sp.) This is the native Texas groundcherry, whose tiny fruit (no bigger than a pea, and hidden inside this lantern envelope) is the wild sister to the much larger tomatillos you can purchase to make salsa verde.
(Verbascum thapsus) The yellow flowers of mullein are used to make a delicate infused oil. The flowers are pain-relieving, and combined with antimicrobial garlic, the oil makes a great remedy for treating ear infections and pain.
(Aesculus Pavia) Related to Horse Chestnut, these seeds can be processed to treat varicose veins and the like.
(Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) Also called Toothache Tree or Prickly Ash. The bark, berries and leaves of this tree cause a numbing of the mucus membranes it touches. Favorite prank: get your little brother to taste it!
(Cnidoscolus texana) Here in Texas, we have lots of stinging plants and they are all called “Nettle”. This is one of the most common ones. It is completely unrelated to the nettles that we like to drink as a nourishing infusion. Bull Nettle makes delicious nuts, if you can get past the stingers to get[…]
(Malva neglecta) Common mallow grows in disturbed soils. All plant parts are edible and medicinal, having the mucilaginous properties that characterize the entire Mallow Family.
(Urtica chamaedryoides) Not EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas. Our native nettle is less than 1 foot tall.
(Sophora affinis) Strikingly beautiful (non-medicinal) native Texas legume tree. Planted for its beauty and nitrogen-fixing properties.
(Hypericum perforatum) These flowers bring rays of sunshine into the dark, depressed places in your psyche. Also supportive to liver function.
(Hamamelis virgianana) Witch Hazel trees of the east Texas and the eastern US states. Great healing herb in postpartum sitzbaths.
(Lobelia cardinalis) One of the showier Lobelias, our native Cardinal Flower can be used to support lung health when there is constriction and stress. Strong medicine, not for the amateur! Too much can cause vomiting.
(Parietaria spp.) A common weed in gardens and woods alike, this cousin to Stinging Nettle tastes a bit like cucumber. Can also be used for urinary tract infections.
(Sabal minor) Grows in the swampier areas of central and east Texas. These berries (actually drupes) are delicious and sweet.
(Ambrosia trifida) Ragweed! Maligned by many, loved by the herbalists for its antihistamine properties! Watch the Ragweed Medicinal Minute
(Prosopis glandulosa) Mesquite bean pods form after these delicate flowers are pollinated, making a nutritious protein- and carbohydrate-rich indigenous food source. Check out the Mesquite Medicinal Minute.
(Rhynchospora colorata) This beautiful native Texas sedge will wow you … photographed here just for it’s beauty!