|Maidenhair (Aleutian) fern, Adiantum
aleuticum (Rupt.) Paris family Pteridaceae, particularly abundant
on Vancouver Island, hanging from the roofs of sea caves along the Juan de
Fuca marine trail.
Medicine: Native Americans, the Skokomish people infused the leaves and used the resultant tea as a hair wash. Tea also used by Lummi in the same way (around Bellingham, Washington).
Dried rhizome and roots is powdered and made into a tea (traditional use) for bronchitis, whooping coughs, other coughs and for excessive and/or painful menstruation. Typically, one and half grams of dried powdered herb to a cup of water. Plant contains flavonoids, proanthocyanidins. Like many drugs to be avoided by pregnant women.
|Stems and midribs of Maidenhair used to make baskets, lids, various objects from weaving. Stem also used to keep ear lobes open while healing after piercing.|
||Leathery, purplish brown leaflets of Deer
Fern, Blechnum spicant L., (another
photo: sword fern)
Native American Medicine: Leaves used as poultice or rub over skin sores. Dermatological aid. Leaves were chewed by First People hunters to quench thirst and hunger. Leaves were reported as a cancer treatment among Hesquiat (raw leaf chewed). Also, leaves crushed and rubbed on skin as a dermatological aid. Decoction of root gargled, held in mouth then spit out for diarrhea. Makah chewed the leaves for stomachache. Raw leaves taken for colic. Plant considered a panacea by First People.
Veterinarian/Wildlife: Buck, male deer, said to rub antlers on this fern, perhaps as an analgesic aid.
|Fragile Ferns, Cystopteris fragilis
found at about 8000 ft beneath the
slopes of Mt. Rainier. typically, in cool, moist to dry rocky areas
of forest and mountains, clinging to cliffs, ledges, crevices.
Male Fern, Dryopteris filix-mas a North American species is used as an analgesic, externally for back pain (sciatica), afrthritis, muscle pain, neuralgia. Also for ear aches and toothaches. It is anti-microbial. Internally, used to kill worms.
WARNING: NUMEROUS CONTRAINDICATIONS AND ADVERSE REACTIONS. USE ONLY UNDER THE SKILLED CARE OF A HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER.
|Fiddle heads for sale. Below.|