The students got a short botany lesson, and took some time to photograph plants.
Devil's Club, also known as Devil's Walking Stick takes many years before they produce seeds. It is very sensitive to the impact of humans. Seen by first nations groups as a link to the spirit world, charcoal from the stalk is still used to make ceremonial as well as protective masks. The berries are POISONOUS to humans, but bears like them!
First Nations groups have used this plant as medicine for adult onset diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. 38 groups of people use it for 34 different types of illnesses!
Amongst other things, it has been used to treat: lice, pain, measles, cough, fever, sores and burns (inner bark burned then crushed and mixed with salmonberries or … dog poo!! … and put on like cream.) It is a proven anti bacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent! It was also used to bring good luck, as well as to purify people and houses.
Internal use of devil's club can dangerously lower blood sugar, so check with your doctor before using it.