Triplicate Staff

Herbalist talks, then leads tour in Tolowa Dunes

The Redwood Parks Association and Tolowa Dunes Stewards invite the public to join herbalist Julie Caldwell on a nature walk to explore the historical healing properties and current medicinal uses of native plants, flowers and berries.

The event will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road, Crescent City.

A short talk at the center will be followed by an easy stroll to

identify and learn about the plants and there uses along the way.

Caldwell is an herbalist, flower essence practitioner and owner of

Humboldt Herbals in Old Town Eureka since 1997. She shares her love and

knowledge of medicinal plants through workshops and classes.

She said she seeks "to empower others with information about the

healing properties of flowers, roots, barks, and berries, so that they

can incorporate the gifts derived from plants into their daily life."

More than 400 species of native plants have been identified in Tolowa

Dunes State Park and the Lake Earl Wildlife Area, which is the

ancestral territory of the Tolowa Indians. Until recent times, native

plants provided the only direct source of medicine for ailments.

Many species - such as the bark and leaves of willow, which contain

salicin the main ingredient used in aspirin - continue to be utilized

today in science and medicine.