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Native Texas Herbs
a few of my favorites! Enjoy,
This easily grown climber's leaves and flowers are used as an
Its non-addictive sedative
properties treat insomnia; it can help regulate blood pressure
and also acts as a pain killer.
For the cultivation of a Passionflower plant,
it is best to plant a small transplant, in the full sun, in the
early spring. Passionflower is a perennial and will return
abundantly year after year. I make a simple
Passionflower tincture as well
as including this herb in my
Peaceful Spirit tincture,
At-Ease Tincture and
EZ Relax Tea.
A beautiful, stately, landscape and medicinal plant,
Echinacea purpurea, as well
are presently in danger of losing their wild habitat, and are
becoming less plentiful and available in the wild as they once
Echinacea, as many of you
already know, is an herb that is used to boost your immune
You can use
as a preventative; i.e. when traveling to avoid getting sick,
and to assist your own healthy immune system in fighting a cold,
flu or infection.
flower, leaves and seed of the
Echinacea plant can be used
as a tea or tincture and the medicine tingles in your mouth
while making its magic.
To grow Echinacea, it is best to scatter
fresh, organic seeds in the fall.
October is ideal.
Scatter them as you do other wildflowers by making sure
the seeds make contact with the earth.
Be sure they receive some water and then wait until
perennial herb will return every year.
Remember you need to use a 3 year old root to make herbal
medicine. I have been making a powerful
Extra Echinacea tincture
for several years now, including the leaves, flowers, buds and
roots of this incredible plant.
Directions for making
the tincture are given in my book:
Herb Gardening: An EZ Guide for Growing and Using Herbs.
This prevalent hardwood tree has useful blue berries that act as
a urinary antiseptic.
It can also be used for
indigestion, colic and flatulence.
Eating one juniper berry a day
prior to cedar fever season can help ease the uncomfortable
symptoms of Cedar Fever.
I don’t think many folks in the Central Texas area would plant a
Cedar tree as it grows so abundantly in our area. The berries
are beginning to appear now. Make sure when it is time to
harvest these berries you do so away from the roadside to avoid
common wild plant grows abundantly in fields, meadows and wooded
The stems and bright yellow root of
the herb are known for their anti-viral and digestive
properties, as it is high in berberine. The tasty red berries
are used to make a delicious jam.
The Native Americans used it for
It is very difficult to transplant an Agarita bush, but you
could try with a small transplant in the fall or very early
Be cautious when harvesting the berries, stems, or roots
as Berberis trifoliolta
has very spiky, pokey leaves.
Butterfly Weed (as it is a favorite home to the Monarch
is a spectacular flower, and sadly, “At-Risk” in the wild.
This showy Milkweed is used as a
diaphoretic (promotes sweating), antispasmodic, expectorant and
As one of its common names
indicates, it was often used for pleurisy and lung and bronchial
We can easily grow Butterfly Weed from seed, sown in the fall,
or it can be propagated from root cuttings.
I have seen Slippery Elm growing along creeks and streams here
The inner bark of the trunk is
harvested and used as a soothing remedy for inflammation.
The strong demulcent properties of
this herb make it useful for gastro-intestinal irritation and
for the throat and lungs.
It can be used externally as a
poultice for ulcers and abscesses and its highly nutritional
value make it useful as a food during convalescence.
utilize the benefits of Slippery Elm powder as a soothing
ingredient in my Kidney Tonic Tea.
A small sapling can be planted in your yard and nurtured as a
lovely shade tree.
I’ve planted two saplings into the
ground and the one that is growing in my garden is at least 15
feet high and gorgeous.
Other natives and naturalized herbs to review and learn more
Prickly pear cactus,
Malvaviscus arboreus v. drummondii
Yellow Dock Root,