By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Jill Tack, naturopathic medicine student and owner of a holistic pet food store, gave an informative session on backyard herbs and their many uses.
Residents filled Caroline Kennedy Library Sept. 9 to learn how to identify backyard herbs and which and when to use them for healing.
During the session, Tack listed herbs that would found in most backyards that help with healing or a healthy lifestyle.
“Tiny things on plants give hints on how to use them,” she said. “Attention to detail is important.”
Tack discussed a variety of herbs and what each can be used for on a daily basis including chicory, blood root, yarrow, calendula, catnip and dandelion.
She explained that chicory can be used as a replacement for coffee or tea in the morning after the root is baked and ground.
Yarrow is popular as a wound healer because it stops bleeding and relieves pain almost instantly when it is applied on an injury.
The flowering herb root of Bloodroot is known to treat ulcers and skin conditions.
Tack also explained that alfalfa, mullein, nettles, dandelion leaf, horsetail and red clover have a salty taste and allows for the reducing stiffness and inflammation within the body.
Garlic, mustard, catnip, chamomile and capsicum all have a sharp taste that relax the body and improve digestion.
“Sitting with a plant during different times of the day is a good way to learn the different impressions and energy of each,” Tack said.
ABOVE, OF THE WHAT?
Tack is a certified natural health practitioner from the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education and is currently working toward becoming a naturopathic doctor.
Her love for animals started when she was in grade school and bought her first dog, Max who was diagnosed with cancer.
Tack began researching how to heal animals naturally with herbs and homeopathy, as well as proper food choices.
She began selling dog and cat foods to friends and family which lead her to open her store The Pet Beastro, 27637 John R. in Madison Heights where she also helps animals using herbs and homeopathy remedies.
For more information on Tack and her herbal remedies go to thepetbeastro.com.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])