RENSSELAER FALLS — Indian Creek will host a nature program on September 6 called Plant Foraging, Risks vs. Rewards. It will take place on September 6 at 9:30 a.m. until noon. Call Don O’Shea at 393-5137 to pre-register or for rain date.
Gathering wild plants for food and medicine can be an interesting adventure for outdoor enthusiasts, but it is not without risks. Before handling or using these plants, ask yourself (or your guide) if, for instance, you can differentiate between Daucus carota (Wild Carrot) and some extremely poisonous members of the same family, such as Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock), Cicuta species, and others. Also, be aware of potentially serious interactions between popular herbal remedies and prescription drugs (for example: St. John’s-wort and anti-depressants). St. John’s-wort, by the way, contains a compound (Hypericin) that can cause dermatitis and inflammation of mucus membranes, yet this plant has long been touted as a safe and effective herbal remedy for a variety of disorders. This program will look at a number of such plants and try to sort out the good from the bad.