Cowage ( Mucuna pruriens )
Marshmallow ( Althaea officinalis )
Dandelion Root Tea [ Taraxacum officinale ]
Dandelions were used by Native Americans as a blood purifier, for general promotion of good health, and to fight illness in general. The root of this wild flower is that part which is prized in holistic medicine. Its pulled up by the root, the excess dirt knocked off, and then peeled down to the bare main root. From there, you use a knife or potato peeler to scrape it clean until you're left with nothing but bright, cleanm, fresh root.
The root is boiled by traditional preparation stanards. Always allow at least half of the seeds to spread when you harvest. Never harvest Dandelion plants before the seeds are ready. Always consider future generations and harvest ethically. The native medicine men and women were very respectul and mindful about the morals of harvesting earth medicine. They understood the concept of preservation.
Dandelion grows all along the sides of highways and interstates in Florida, and other surrounding regions. Its a shame that they are cut down, or looked at as "weeds". To the Native Americans, they were a gift, and their prescence left them with much gratitude, as well as a healthier body and soul. If you're lucky enough to stumble across some, then acknowledge and appreciate its value, prescence, and life.
The idea that an herb growing along the side of roadsides could help to induce the healing process is considered a myth by many. What these ill-informed people do not know is that these gifts from the cosmos are the most intelligent, exquisite chemist on the planet. What I mean by this is that they use the energy in sunlight, the water and air in the biosphere, and a digital program written into their DNA, to repeatedly produce the same astonishing phytochemicals, which are in fact specific arrangements of specific atoms combined to make specific molecules.
Just as we human beings perform task in our daily lives without being fully aware of the underlying biological circuitry behind our daily activities, these plants also seem to have underlying biological circuitry that's designed to produce pharmacological constituents behind the scenes. Herbs such as Dandelion seem to have surpassed human chemist in terms of achievements and knowledge related to chemistry, and most likely without even intending to compete. Why is it they are capable of making phytochemicals that (in my opinion) totally surpass anything humans have tried to conjure up on their own(certain pharmaceuticals, or other drugs). They do this while following a universal natural system of information distribution (DNA). My main point is that the same force that crafted your DNA, crafted the DNA and pharmacological alkloids that Dandelion and other ethnopharmacological plants create. Therefore, I find it a natural symboitic process that they would act as medicine for our human biological systems.
Dandelion plants have equipped in their DNA, a script to construct and configure an aerodynamic speed distribution system by utilizing organic matterial from their surroundings. I'm talking about how the seeds so symbiotically travel with the gentle breeze already provided by the larger system at hand, the biosphere. The relationship that life has with its environment is crucial for the survival of both life and the organic systems of nature that sustain that life. The innate knowledge of how to produce the same pharmacological compounds time and time again sense birth, along with reproduction distribution system that works via the earths air, are both signs of an intelligent relationship between both life and its environment.