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California native plants are useful as well as attractive. In fact, many have significant histories as medicinal plants. This should not surprise us; plants produce a wide range of chemicals for their own protection. It turns out that some are also effective against human pathogens and conditions.
Western medicine is just beginning to discover the benefits of chemicals produced by locally native plant species. There is also increasing interest in the many practical uses of California native plants. That’s one reason why we created Mother Nature’s Garden of Health at the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve (http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2014/03/our-new-garden-mother-natures-garden-of.html).
Most of us suffer from joint and muscle aches every so often. Pain medications can cost a lot – and have serious side effects. What if there were an inexpensive alternative that could be applied externally to help reduce the aches?
It turns out that several native plants have long been used to ease painful muscles and joints, usually in combination with warm water. If you grow these plants, you may want to try them to see if they work for you. They may provide a useful complement to Western medicines, working in concert with them.
For more, see: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2015/10/garden-of-health-making-tincture-for.html