October 2018 Newsletter

October 3, 2018

Herbal Times Newsletter Meeting October 10
Virgil and Treva's house 6:00 pm


Hello everyone thanks for those who
came to the last meeting we had fun
making mason bee houses. This months
meeting will be at Virgil and Treva Cooks
house (10100 Rukes Rd. Rosedale, IN)
bring a pumpkin to paint or carve. I have
been to the herb garden several times
this summer it look very good. Thanks to
all that helped. This meeting we will
choose the charities that we donate for
the year. Thank you Catherine John for
maintaining our web page, and Connie
Cooper for our Facebook page good job


Hello Fellow Herbalists!

Herb of the month
©2018 by The Herb Society of America www.herbsociety.org 440-256-0514 9019 Kirtland Chardon
Road, Kirtland, OH 44094

Rhus coriaria
Rhus coriaria is commonly known as tanner’s sumach, elm leafed sumach or Sicilian sumac
.It grows as a deciduous shrub or small tree and is hardy to USDA zones 8 to 11. This sumac is native
to southern Europe. The immature fruits are used as a substitute for capers. Crushed and dried ripened
fruit are a main ingredient in Za’tar, a Middle Eastern spice blend. In Middle Eastern countries such as
Turkey and Iran, the dried and ground fruits and sprinkled
over rice as well as mixed with fresh onions. In the Americas, Rhus glabra and Rhus aromatic had been
used by Native Americas to prepare traditional beverages and have a similar flavor. Leaves and bark
are high in tannins; crushed leaves make a yellow dye or
are used as a mordant; yellow or red dye can be obtained from the bark and black dye from the fruits.
The bark and root especially were used for tanning leather. An oil can be extracted from the seeds and
can be used to make candles, which burns brightly but has a pungent smoke.Traditional medicinal uses
for the leaves and seeds have included treatment of dysentery and conjunctivitis, among many other
ailments. Research has shown that Rhus coriaria has liver protectant qualities, is antimicrobial and is a
natural antioxidant. Powdered dried fruits are being studied for effect on insulin resistance for people
with type II diabetes. Fruits are also being studied for potential cardio vasculoprotective action to benefit
to the human circulatory systemIn spite of the common name, it is not related to poison sumac
(Toxicodendron vemix).

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