|Branch with a lot of Usnea on it.
I took these photos last week. We had many trees and branches down from the storm. Most of the branches are covered with Usnea (Old Man's Beard). This is a great time to harvest it.
|Close-Up of Usnea
I also took a close up photo of one of the Usnea lichens.
These lichens are in abundance in the Pacific NW where I live. They contain usnic acid and are called "Natures Antibiotic" by some people.
|Populus trichocarpa buds
|Willow flowers in full bloom.
Then we have the lovely little Bellis perennis. A small daisy-like flower that covers our lawns. This flower is used in a similar manner as Arnica for bruises. It is specific to deep internal organ bruising and is often used with deep tissue injury to speed up the healing.
|Buds of Berberis aquifolium
I went a bit crazy taking the Oregon grape photos. There were so many good shots. They were gorgeous. Most parts of this plant can be used in one way or another. The berries make good wine, they are used by some in jams and pies. The flowers can be eaten also and the root and stem bark is used as a medicine. This is a bitter herb and as such is of course a wonderful cholagogue and cholaretic. It is also used to stimulate digestion, as an antimicrobial, antiparasitic, for diabetes, and many other uses. There is a lot of research surrounding its use decreasing biofilm formation of microbes recently. It shares the constituent berberine with some other plants such as Goldenseal and Gold thread.
|Indian Plum - Oemleria cerasiformis
Indian Plum has small fruits on them. Not super tasty but edible. They are one of the first fruits of the year and the birds usually grab them before I do.
|Lemon Balm - Melissa officinalis
|Mother wort - Leonurus cardiaca
Hopefully, I will get some time to take more photos of one or two of these lovely herbs and give you some detailed data on them.
Sorry if this is a bit choppy. I am not exactly a computer wiz. I have trouble with the photos and type working together. I just don't have the time to figure out how to get it perfect currently. It is what it is.