12 July 2011

One Last Hike (before Hawaii)

Mrs Rover & I leave for Hawaii tomorrow on a visit with daughter Emily who is doing her graduate research/field work there. Before leaving, MollyTheDog & I got out for one last hike in the Montana hills. I was glad to find this field of gold:

Heartleaf Arnica (Arnica cordifolia), an excellent healing plant (external use only!) with sesquiterpene lactones--bio-active chemicals that are anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory:

I crushed a plant's flower, leaves, and stem and rubbed it on a "barked" shin that would not heal. The plant juices formed a protective film over the wound and by that evening the inflammation (bone bruise) had subsided and the skin began to heal. I don't have a before photo of my wound in its "weepy" state (lucky you), but here's my shin some hours after the arnica treatment:

In the shade of the lodgepole pines, I thought I made another great find with a huge patch of morel mushrooms, but a closer ground-level view proved them to be toxic false morels (Gyromitra esculenta). Dang:

Back out in the meadow, this lovely field of pink:

Turned out to be Parrys Lousewort (Pedicularis parryi var purpurea), a flower that is usually white or yellow but has a local "purple" variation:

Sulfur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) is also blooming under the hot July sun:

Well, just a short hike in the hills north of the house and then it was time to get back home as I wanted to get the new toilet set in the downstairs bath (yes, that new kitchen/bath renovation is nearly complete) before bringing MollyTheDog to puppy camp. Hope to be checking in from Hawaii soon, Aloha!


Janie said...

Great info about the healing powers of arnica.
Looks like a good hike as you say a temporary goodbye to the Montana hills.
Hope you're having fun in Hawaii!

troutbirder said...

Have a great visit Eco. I enjoyed reading about improved stewardship along the Ruby. I believe some years ago my sons Montana State mentor was involved in access issues there. I fished the valley only once after a jaunt over the mountain range to the east whose name escapes me. :)

secret agent woman said...

Interesting about the healing plant. My son is often telling me things like that about plants he finds.