Periodically, Sustainable Capitol Hill’s Dr. Jake Felice, Naturopathic Physician, leads a “Backyard Herb Walk.” Come learn over 20 native medicinal species that grow all around us!
The class is great for beginners and anyone wanting to learn more about natural medicine.
Please check back for our next herb walk. But in the meanwhile, check out the our photo set below with descriptions of some things we covered on our last walk.
Meet Dr. Felice
Dandelion (clumps of leaves at bottom center): Good for liver and kidney / protects from toxicity. Roots have different properties at different times; in the fall, it is full of inulin, which is a blood sugar regulator.
Narrow Leaf Plantain (leaves at the tip of Dr Felice’s foot): Used for bee stings as a poultice or sunburn as a salve. Also soothing to the digestive tract when eaten internally. Medicinally, this is more effective than broad-leafed plantain, but both can be used.
Fennel: (feathery fronds to Dr. Felice’s immedieate right / viewers left): Seeds aid digestion by kickstarting the gallbladder, especially after a heavy, fatty meal.
Foxglove (tall spike of purple flowers): Toxic in natural form, though the pharmaceutical industry has isolated a componant, digitalis, for heart medicine.
It’s easy to confuse with mullein. Mullein flowers are demulcent, and good for digestion. Also used as a bronchodilator – opens up lungs for asthma patients (but don’t forget your inhaler).
Mullein has yellow flowers and slightly broader leaves, while foxglove has pink, purple or white flowers