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Old 07-29-2016, 01:41 AM   #1
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Medicinal Plants

I've found a great deal of interesting medicinal plants in the ADKs, recently blue cohosh, bane berry, bunchberry, Chaga mushrooms, and I've set out ginseng and goldenseal; two of my favorites.

I'm interested in finding out if anyone uses any of the native plants for therapeutic purposes.
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:09 AM   #2
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I am curious to find out if anyone has succesfully used Jewel weed as either a preventative or treatment for poison ivy exposure?
If yes, how do you use it?
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:29 AM   #3
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When I used to do tree work we used the Jewel weed, shown to me by the Guatemalans, as treatment and as a preventative. Those guys would just pick it, mash it up in there hands and rub it all over there hands, arms, face, neck, and any other exposed flesh. I did it too. Whether or not it worked as a preventative, I'm not so sure as I usually had PI before ever putting it on. It definitely did help as far as treatment goes.
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:14 AM   #4
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Does sweet fern grow that far north? Good vs. mosquitoes, at least S.E. New England ones.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:59 PM   #5
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I chew on ginseng when I come across it but my wife says it makes no difference.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:09 PM   #6
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We were always told that when you thought you'd been exposed to P.I. you should find jewel weed and just crumple and mash it onto your skin. Seemed to work really well...it was supposed to neutralize the oil on the poison ivy leaves.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:49 PM   #7
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I also heard about jewel wed as a kid many years ago. I'm not sensitive to poison ivy, so I never had to try it. There is a Sweet Fern Hill in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest off exit 29, so maybe Sweet Fern grows there; I don't know.
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:16 PM   #8
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I chew on ginseng when I come across it but my wife says it makes no difference.

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Old 08-03-2016, 10:42 AM   #9
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I always apply Jewelweed, prophylactically, to my legs and arms whenever I am out in the woods and see it. Just got back from an overnight with buddies in the Adirondacks and applied it to my legs when I saw it growing trailside.
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:43 AM   #10
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I wish someone offered a hands-on course in medicinal plants of the Adirondacks.
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:56 AM   #11
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I've successfully used jewel weed to mitigate the effects of stinging nettle.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:36 PM   #12
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I brew up chaga often. I collect it minimally as it takes a long time to grow. I have interest in medicinal plants and know a few but not as many as I would like. I juice burdock root- good for the liver.
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:34 PM   #13
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Good cure for nettles, chew the leaves into a pulp and rub it in the affected area, it works I do it all the time
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Old 08-06-2016, 03:22 PM   #14
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I brew up chaga often. I collect it minimally as it takes a long time to grow. I have interest in medicinal plants and know a few but not as many as I would like. I juice burdock root- good for the liver.
Chaga, the tea mushroom.
My son introduced me to it while I was visiting.
He showed me a large jar, filled with liquid, with a growth floating at the top.
I asked him, if he ate the floating growth (mushroom).
He told me that he made a tea from the liquid.
It's widely used in eastern Europe.
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Does sweet fern grow that far north? Good vs. mosquitoes, at least S.E. New England ones.
I've seen it in the Corinth area.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:25 PM   #16
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Chaga, the tea mushroom.
My son introduced me to it while I was visiting.
He showed me a large jar, filled with liquid, with a growth floating at the top.
I asked him, if he ate the floating growth (mushroom).
He told me that he made a tea from the liquid.
It's widely used in eastern Europe.
Jim
I've been told 1/4 cup of the dried, powdered chaga to a gallon of water, brewed on low overnight in a crockpot, then strained. That's what I've been drinking. It actually seems to work for inflammation (like my battered knees and neck). I've also read it's more powerful as a tincture because you can extract more beneficial compounds out of it in alcohol. I've also found balsam does work wonders for lung infections. Trying to figure out how to inoculate the birches with chaga, as it is being over-harvested, and putting back more plants.

I recently planted quite a lot of ginseng (I didn't realize I could give this to my husband, thanks for the tip ) and goldenseal, which I've found is good for canker sores. I don't want to cultivate a woodland garden so much as help it along to bring back some native plants that are medicinal.
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:55 PM   #17
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Here's my latest batch of Chaga tincture:



Everclear and chaga chunks in a mason jar, usually let it steep for a month or so. Was lazy with this batch and let it go for like 4 months. Added a little of the cherry extract for flavor. Boiled the everclear extracted chaga chunks in tap water for an hour then combined roughly 1 part of each to get around 100 proof. I store it in the freezer but at 100 proof can probably just put it on the shelf. Its not bad plain with the cherry flavor but I usually put it in some other kind of juice.
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