We have beauty all around us and with the Fall weather it’s the perfect time to go hiking and take in the wonders that Mother Nature has to offer. There are so many plants, trees, flowers that are readily available in the south, especially while on a hike.

Here are some that you have seen before but may not have known what they could medicinally be used for. 

Calendula, or Marigolds, are a common flower found anywhere from your local hiking trails to window boxes in your neighborhood. Calendula flowers commonly range from oranges to yellows and have a very distinct aroma. They help keep pests and bugs out of your garden and have a variety of medicinal benefits. Calendula is full of skin healing, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Made into a tea, Calendula can help treat symptoms of urinary tract infections, toothaches, sore throats, and any other inflammation related illness. Calendula is also great for your skin and is notoriously gentle, making it ideal for sensitive skin types. Wash your face with a calendula face wash to help with acne and eczema. 

Echinacea or “Coneflowers” are another easy to find flower, commonly found either in local flowers beds or growing naturally in the wild. As we are getting into the cold season, Echinacea is a must when it comes to fighting off colds and flus. Tincturing this little flower is super easy and you and your household will thank you later. Research shows that taking Echinacea can help increase your white blood count, making it easier for your body to fight off infections. 

There are so many wonderful herbs that you can find while out and about its hard to pick just one! 

Here at Salt on the Rocks we offer Herbal Wellness classes, taught by Authorand Herbalist Phyllis Light. These classes are a great tool for beginners who are looking at taking that first step into plant medicine. We teach the basics of herbs and the different ways they can help you in your home. Visit www.saltontherockshuntsville.com or come by and talk to us about signing up for one of our educational classes.  

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