Linden Tree (Tilia europaea)
Before we begin our adventure into Salt Lake's medicinal herbs- here are a few things to keep in mind:
We're pretty lucky here in the land of salt. We've got a plethora of medicinal herbs and trees to work with throughout the growing season that can help support us in wellness and peace. One of our favorites is Linden. This big tree seems to show up pretty much everywhere around the valley and can be found lining streets and providing shade in front and back yards as well as many of our public parks.
Linden, known also as Tila and Lime Flower Tree, is not native to our area but does very well here. In fact, it's easily one of the most prolific and healthy trees you'll find here.
We love Linden as a celebrated nervine and heart medicine. We use it to help with general anxiety and stress that seems to root or center in the heart. Traditionally, it's been a celebrated nervine that can help unwind tension from the heart center and make it easier for us to feel our way through stressful situations. It also has an incredibly honey-floral flavor that can be enjoyed hot or iced all day long.
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
If you've come along one one of our medicinal herb walks, chances are you met this majestic desert plant ally- one of Josh's favorites! Mullein does very well in the Salt Lake Valley and it can be seen poking its torch-like flower stalks up in curated gardens and abandoned lots alike.
Mullein is a biennial plant. That means its life cycle is just two years! On the first year it grows as a basal rosette in a spiral shape along the earth; dense, furry leaves spiraling out into a whorl. On the second year, it send a stalk up to 8 feet into the sky and blooms throughout the summer with popcorn-like neon yellow flowers.
Mullein is an incredible wellness ally in our area, one of the reasons it grows so well here. It helps to soothe, nourish, lubricate, and cleanse the respiratory system so that in our dry summers and winters we can breathe easier. Mullein leaves need to be brewed as a tea in cloth or paper tea bags to strain out the often irritating little hairs that help them collect water.
Plantain (Plantago major)
Of all the weeds in Salt Lake City, Plantain is one of our favorites. You can find little stands of Plantain growing in sidewalk cracks, over-watered lawns, and anywhere it can get a lot of sun and regular drinks. Plantain has a distinctive flower stalk that rises up out of the spinach-like leaves.
We love using Plantain to remove built-up toxins from the lungs and to cleanse and detoxify the whole body system. It's a leafy green powerhouse that soothes, nourishes, and scrubs gently.
See if you can find any of these medicinal herbs as you're wandering around the city!
*The information provided here is intended to be education in nature only and does not replace that medical advice given by a qualified professional. Talk to your doctor before working with herbs.