Didn’t get a chance to do herb of the month this past meeting so I thought I would use the blog to pass it on and see if people like the idea. Hopefully this will also give those people unable to come to the meeting a chance to stay informed on what we did.
The Herb of the month was Sumac, I brought in some berries to show everyone and made some Sumac Aide for everyone to taste. Since I don’t type very well I thought I would just point you to my blog to read the whole Sumac Aide thing: http://ethnobotanist128.blogspot.com/2011/09/sumac-aide.html
Sumac is not just for making a a drink, it is used Medicinally. The plant itself is high in Tannic Acid which is an astringent. A strong tea can be made of the leaves and bark and used as a skin wash for oozing skin problems like a poison ivy rash.
When I used to teach Maple Sugaring we would use the hollow stems as spiles to collect the sap from the Maple trees.
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