I am trying to learn more about the native herbs that grow in Colorado so I can rely less on the European herbs that were transplanted here. Did you know that the common yarrow which is native to Colorado has been called ‘field hops’ because it can be used in making beer? It’s young leaves are also edible and can be used dried or fresh in soups and stews. Medicinally, yarrow is an antiinflammatory herb and contains a high amount of saponins which are cleansing, or sudsing agents. Yarrow is also useful for calming irritated and inflammed skin which makes it great for use in skin care products. Some herbalists use it for cuts as well as bruises and even as a tea to help with colds and flu.
Here is a great blog I came across about the lore of yarrow. http://blog.whitelotusaromatics.com/2011/10/plant-lore-yarrowmilfoil_02.html
Do you have a favorite native herb that you use.
I live in the eastern US…Here are 3 of my favorite native herbs:
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)- favorite astringent
Oak (Quercus spp.)- another great astringent herb
Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)- makes a sour lemon-like drink, would therefore be astringent as well.
I love oak. Here is the West we have small oak bushes called scrub oak or Gamble oak that grows in the foothills. I should look into planting one on the farm.