After moving its schedule of evening programs online for much of the past year, the Seabrook Island Natural History Group (SINHG) returned to the Live Oak Room at The Lake House this month for a presentation by botanist and herbal specialist April Punsalan, founder of Charleston’s Yahola Herbal School, who explored traditional uses of Lowcountry plants and herbs, many of which can be found on Seabrook Island.
Ms. Punsalan noted, for example, that shepherds needle (bidens alba) can be made into a salve for healing superficial wounds and as an anti-inflammatory. The oil derived from the bark of red cedar, for another, has been used for generations to help clear sinus infections. “I provide plants with a voice,” she told the gathering.
SINHG Evening Programs will continue on April 14 with “The Importance of Bees,” presented by South Carolina apiarist Ben Powell. Pre-registration is available on the SINHG website.
-Submitted by Norm Powers for SINHG
(Image credits: Lynn Baker; Post & Courier)