Sunday, February 8, 2015

2015 Nettles Festival Saturday, February 21, 8 AM - Noon


Trees for Health volunteers, members of the San Diego Herb Guild, professional herbalists and student herbalists are all invited to come harvest nettles in the Trees for Health Garden on Saturday, February 21st. The Trees for Health Garden is located on Balboa Drive just south of the Camp Fire Boys and Girls Camp and just north of Quince Drive. Follow this link for a map.

Once you have harvested what you need, please be prepared to stay and help clear the garden of nettles for at least one hour. The park allows us to grow the nettles as long as we remove them in a timely fashion. You may start later than 8 AM, but may miss the best nettles.

Please check in with Joanne Odenthal when you arrive. Joanne will be wearing a straw hat, green shirt and yellow volunteer vest - and a name tag. Everyone there to harvest MUST have a name tag prior to starting. (We need a record of who has joined the fun!)

Bring water, a hat, your own gloves and a bag for your harvest. 

Questions? Contact Joanne Odenthal via email.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cinnamon Species and their Pharmacological Activities

The genus cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) comprises about 250 species worldwide. The bark of many species is used as a cooking spice, in perfumes and fragrances, as a food preservative, and in traditional and modern medicines. True cinnamon (C. verum syn. C. zeylanicum) and cassia cinnamon (C. aromaticum syn. C. cassia) are most used as a spice. From studies published from 1982 to 2013, some results include the following:

Antioxidant effects
Anti-inflammatory actions
Antidiabetic effects
Anticancer activity
Cholesterol- and lipid-lowering effects
Inhibiting formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs)
...and more.

Read the full article here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Trees for Health Update

Balboa Park 2015 Celebration

Come explore the Trees for Health garden on April 25th as part of the Balboa Park 2015 Celebration. There will be tours given by local herbalists plus exhibits for those interested in holistic health. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Self Heal School, and Bastyr University will all be present, plus more. For those who get there while supplies last, there will be certificates for a free acupuncture session at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Clinic. Festivities begin at 11:00 AM. and continue until 3:00 PM. Put it on your calendar and check back for more information or Join Our Newsletter by entering your email address in the box to the right.

We're Expanding

The Trees for Health Arboretum will be expanding into the area north of the garden towards the Boys and Girls Campfire Camp. Eventually there will be a native oak circle in the area. Since oaks are very slow growing, the field will be planted with beneficial natives and drought tolerant plants, including milkweed or butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa.



Come Join Us!


If you are interested in helping in the garden: Friday morning from 7:30-10:00 a regular work party meets in the garden. If you are interested in joining us, just show up. Rain cancels. If you want more information, email us and express your interest in the Trees for Health Arboretum.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Just in Time for Cold and Flu Season

Herb Clip from American Botanical Council

Pelargonium sidoides is a scrubby little plant with deep burgundy 
flowers that is native to South Africa. It's an extremely effective cold and flu remedy. There's one in the Trees for Health garden in Balboa Park. The studies in this article focused on Pelargonium sidoides effect on acute respiratory infections. Read the full article here.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Versatile Aloe Vera Has Been Used for Thousands of Years

Most people know that aloe vera is a great natural remedy for skin issues, in particular sunburn. Its moisturizing and healing properties have made it a staple skin treatment in indigenous cultures dating back to the ancient Egyptians in the 16th century BC. Aloe vera contains both vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B, C and E. It also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc and chromium. There are many ways to use aloe vera - topically or as a supplement in the form of juice, softgels or capsules. Read more here.

DIY Travel First Aid Kit Featuring All Natural Ingredients

This article features 17 natural remedies for minor issues that might be encountered while traveling. They're all small enough that they can fit in a carry on bag if traveling by air. Outdoor walks in your plans? Grindelia treats rashes from plants like poison ivy and oak. If you're going to be in stressful (family?) situations, be sure to bring along some valerian or essential oil of lemon. Read more here.

Why Gingko Biloba is Known as The Tree of Enchantment


Although this tree originated in China, it's now grown in nearly every temperate climate on the planet, including San Diego. This tree provides colorful, prolific shade, helps clean polluted air and parts of its nuts are edible. In fact, some Asian cultures consider this nut a delicacy. Beware! the fruit that encases the nut has an awful smell. The good news is that the smelly fruit will rot in no time and the lovely canopy can be enjoyed without nasal assault. Read more here.