The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Devil's Club: Diabolical Spines Protect Against Many Evils

Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Pfly

The gigantic leaves of devil's club barely hide its sharp thornsĀ  - if you're ever sliding down a mountain slope, this is not a plant to grab. But inside the roots' bark lies medicine for all sorts of evils: native coastal North Americans treated as many as 34 types of ailments with it.

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The Plant Detective
1:57 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Henna: A Famous Cosmetic, But Don't Paint the Baby

Credit Flora de la Terre

August 31st & September 2nd, 2013: Henna, used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, is medicinal, but risky for some.

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