Walking thru the Majestic Missouri woods in Spring with helper Lenora Hazel Zane Smith, my cheerful 3 year old.
The land is full of mysteries and medicinal green plants with spirit glow as the Earth awakens from Winter slumber. The spring calls me further into our walk to discover hidden treasures of the land. The soft healing sound of the water dancing down limestone rocks soothes us both. This spring carries precious clean water down closer to the house. Feeling embraced by this old Ozark spring holler, our eyes are now open to the plant world around us.
We find old oaks, hickories, and sugar maples telling the story of time in this quiet place that still exist in today’s world. The new growth of the wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) vine is stunning! The root is traditionally dug and used for it’s hormone balancing effects. It has also been used to sooth rheumatoid like conditions. We also spy Soloman’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum) and false Soloman seal (Maianthemum racemosum) growing together. Similar sisters, but altogether different. Both plant are used in pulmonary issue. It is the true Soloman’s seal that has an amazing effect on muscle spasms. I finally found the Wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis) on this land. Come to find out, it is growing all over these hills! This plant is a powerful pain killer for emergency situations. Wood betony was used in Civil war times in these hills and was known to the Native American tribes of North America.
Seeing the goose berry (Ribes missouriense) shrubs remind me of my grandmother telling stories of goose berry pies and jam. Greeted by the light purple flowering wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), we stop for more photos and to feel the vibe of this land. What is that smell? It is the sweet unique smell of the flowering may apple (Poldophyllum peltatum). This fruit is edible and the root has been used for medicine and may have anti-cancer abilities. Looking further on the Earth’s surface I spy the Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) in flower. The marvelous maroon color with geometric perfection seems to stare back. These flowers are pollinated by certain insects. All living and decomposing organisms have an important role to play in this natural ecosystem.
After talking with The Held Family and walking the land, I know this land is calling out for the perfect new owner. The Helds have made sure to take ultimate care and stewardship of this land. Now is the time to pass it to the next. Don’t miss your chance to walk this land and to see if it calls to you.
Stay tuned for more pics of the upper field and a closer look at the plant life within. Thank you for taking this time to read in this busy world. For more info. on wild edible and medicinal plants near you, e-mail me.
May The Green Light of The Earth live within you today and always! Colleen Smith
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