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How to Tell the Difference Between Poison Hemlock and Queen Anne’s Lace By: Gabe Garms

(All pictures of these two plants are listed properly on the main webpage. Please have a look at them because it’s very important to get this straight, if you’re planning on using them in your witch-crafting or herbal healing.                       

Lady Silver Sage)

Poison hemlockPoison Hemlock (conium maculatum) (Conium maculatum) is one of the deadliest plants in North America and can be fatal if just a small amount is ingested. It has been in flower here in Washington for the last month or so and can be found across much of the United States. It grows (often in dense patches) along roads, trails and the edges of fields and streams. I actually have it growing in my back yard, right along side one of it’s most common look-a-likes, Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota).

Queen Anne’s laceQueen Anne's Lace (Daucus Carota) is a wild edible (the root) and given that it typically does grow in the same conditions as poison hemlock, being able to tell the difference could save your life. Plus, you’ll want to know if you have it growing on your property because it’s also toxic to pets and livestock. So let’s walk through how to identify both so that you can confidently identify them in the future.

Poison hemlock Poison Hemlock(Conium maculatum)

vs. Queen Anne’s laceQueen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota):

1. Both are in the Apiaceae family and have hollow stems, but poison hemlock’s stem is hairless and has purple blotches. Even a very young poison hemlock will display the purple blotching. On the other hand, the stem of Queen Anne’s lace doesn’t have purple blotches and is hairy. See the photos below for a comparison.

Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus Carota)
QUEEN ANNE’S LACE (DAUCUS CAROTA)LEaves of Queen Anne's Lace - Hairy

Poison Hemlock (conium maculatum)
POISON HEMLOCK (CONIUM  Leaves of Poison Hemlock - Not hairy

2. The flowers of both species are white and bloom in an umbrella shape pattern (called an umbel). Plants in the Apiaceae family have flowers that appear in compound umbels, which means that all of the little umbrellas branch out from one main, central umbrella – if that makes sense. If it doesn’t, don’t worry about it. Just know that the flowers of Queen Anne’s lace have a single purplish/red flower in the center of the umbel the vast majority of the time (see picture below left). Legend has it that Queen Anne pricked her finger while sewing the lace and a droplet of blood fell to the center of the flowers. Also the umbrella shape of Queen Anne’s lace is flat-topped, while the poison hemlock umbel is more rounded. Notice the difference below.

Queen Anne’s Lace
QUEEN ANNE’S LACE

Poison Hemlock
POISON HEMLOCK

3. The leaves are probably the most difficult feature to distinguish between the two. While they are both fern-like in appearance, the leaves of Queen Anne’s lace, similar to the stems, will also have hairs on their undersides. See in picture below to the right.

LEaves of Queen Anne’s Lace – Hairy
LEAVES OF QUEEN ANNE’S LACE – HAIRY

Leaves of Poison Hemlock – Not hairy
LEAVES OF POISON HEMLOCK – NOT HAIRY

4. A final distinguishing feature is that Queen Anne’s lace has
READ MORE HERE: http://ravensroots.org/blog/2015/6/26/poison-hemlock-id

Nature’s 9 Most Powerful Medicinal Plants and the Science Behind Them

HEALTHLINE.COM Tiffany La Forge

We scoured through histories of herbal studies for you
Today, we live in a time when manufactured medicines and prescriptions prevail, but do they have to be the only approach to healing?

Even with all of these engineered options at our fingertips, many people find themselves turning back to the medicinal plants that started it all: Herbal remedies that have the ability to heal and boost physical and mental well-being.

In fact, at the beginning of the 21st century, 11 percentTrusted Source of the 252 drugs considered “basic and essential” by the World Health Organization were “exclusively of flowering plant origin.” Drugs like codeine, quinine, and morphine all contain plant-derived ingredients.

While these manufactured drugs have certainly become paramount in our lives, it can be comforting to know that the power of nature is on our side, and these herbal choices are available to complement our health practices.

But the extent of the power they hold is also still being explored. These alternatives aren’t cure-alls, and they aren’t perfect. Many carry the same risks and side effects as manufactured medicines. Many of them are sold with unfounded promises.

However, many herbs and teas offer harmless subtle ways to improve your health. Pay attention to what the evidence says about each herb’s effectiveness as well as potential interactions or safety issues. Avoid using herbs for infants and children and for those who are pregnant and breastfeeding. Most herbs haven’t been tested for safety for those who are vulnerable, and trying herbs isn’t worth the risk.

With this cautionary tale in mind, choosing the right plant can seem difficult to someone who simply wants to feel better without taking medication. That’s why, with the help of specialist Debra Rose Wilson, we’re looking at the most effective and therapeutic plants — which have strong scientific evidence to support their safe use.

Making decisions about herbs along with more traditional medicinal approaches is something you and your healthcare practitioner can address together. At times, Wilson notes, ingesting the plants can have even less risk than taking concentrated, manufactured supplements, as there’s more risk of contamination of the product with the manufacture processes. It’s a wonderful way to experience their effects and the satisfaction of growing them yourself. Herbs can also be a way to add a needed nutrient.

However, both plants and supplements, which aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration for safety or quality, can have questionable dosage and might have a risk of contamination. Keep this in mind before choosing supplements from the shelf.

If you’d like to add some medicinal plants to your wellness regimen, Wilson sifted through the latest studies and provides her own ratings system for our list.

These plants have the most numerous high-quality studies and are the safer choices among herbal remedies. She’s marked “0” as unsafe with no research, and “5” as completely safe with ample research. Many of these plants are somewhere between 3 and 4, according to Wilson.

We hope this guide will act as a starting point to those who wish to integrate herbal remedies into their lives and arrive armed with knowledge. As always, speak with your doctor before starting any new health treatment.

Gingko


Rating
Safety: 3/5

Evidence: 3.5/5

As one of the oldest tree species, gingko is also one of the oldest homeopathic plants and a key herb in Chinese medicine. The leaves are used to create capsules, tablets, and extracts, and when dried, can be consumed as a tea.

It’s perhaps best-known for its ability to boost brain health. Studies say that gingko can treat patients with mild to moderate dementiaTrusted Source, and can slow cognition decline in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Recent research is looking into a component that can help diabetes, and there continue to be more studies, including an animal study that says it might influence bone healing.

INTERESTING FACT
The gingko tree is considered a living fossil, with fossils dating from 270 million years ago. These trees can live up to 3,000 years.

Gingko could be beneficial for:
dementia
Alzheimer’s disease
eye health
inflammation
diabetes
bone healing
anxiety
depression
Things to consider
Long-term use may increase chance of thyroid and liver cancer, which has been seen in rats.
It’s known to be hard on the liver, so liver enzymes may need to be monitored.
It can interact with blood thinners.
Gingko seeds are poisonous if ingested.
Side effects can include headache, upset stomach, dizziness, and allergic reaction.
Gingko use needs to be discussed with your doctor because of numerous drug interactions.
Turmeric
Rating
Safety: used as an herb: 5/5; used as a supplement: 4/5

Evidence: 3/5

With its brilliant orange hue, it’s impossible to miss a bottle of turmeric sitting on a spice shelf. Originating in India, turmeric is believed to have anticancer properties and can prevent DNA mutations.

As an anti-inflammatory, it can be taken as

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.healthline.com/health/most-powerful-medicinal-plants

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