A very warm little skunk


In the depths of winter, skunk cabbage is often the first sign of spring. This cluster was found in a swampy area of Frances Slocum a week before Christmas, really rushing the season.

This plant doesn’t need to wait for spring’s warmth. It can generate heat even when the ground is frozen solid. In fact, in emerging, it can warm up to around 70 degrees. This allows the plant to bloom when most other species are dormant.

And while its pungent smell is well-deserved, its roots have been a popular cure for bronchitis, coughs and phlegm. Several herbal medical practitioners recommend skunk cabbage to treat nervous disorders as it is said to have moderate sedative or tranquilizing properties.

Native Americans also inhaled the aroma of mashed skunk cabbage leaves to get relief from headaches

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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