A walk out in nature is one of the most therapeutic activities for the human body, mind, and soul. Going on a nature trail expedition increases self- esteem, energy levels and reduces the risk of strokes, diabetes, heart attacks and arthritis.
The fresh air and scenic routes tend to improve mental clarity, boost immunity, improve mood disorders, inspire creativity, boost brain chemistry and treat insomnia.
There is a certain amount of joy and enthusiasm one experiences while exploring the fauna and botanicals that exist in the thick of nature. For instance, there are numerous genera of plants waiting to be discovered on nature trails.
However, there is a certain amount of caution required when coming in contact with some of these plants even if they look beautiful and harmless.
Here is a list of the most dangerous and poisonous plants you may find while on a nature walk:
Jimson Weed or Scared Datura –
A group of poisonous plants that may cause violent behavior, memory loss, coma, and death.
The Suicide Tree or Cerbera Odollam –
Produces a seed that is very poisonous and it may cause irregular heart rhythms leading to death.
Deadly Nightshade or Atropa Belladonna –
Leaves and berries are deadly. Signs of poisoning include blurred vision, hallucinations, convulsions, and coma.
Asparagus Officinalis and Asparagus Densiflorus –
Produces berries when mature contain saponins which are dangerous and toxic. The toxicity causes skin irritations.
The sap of the lovely Anthurium is irritating to the skin and eyes.
Referred to as The Jericho Rose and is mostly found in the Mediterranean. If ingested, the plant causes cardiac and digestive issues. The entire plant is poisonous including the nectar.
White Snake Root –
Normally used to treat snakebites. Also causes alcohol toxicity, which creates body tremors, delirium, and fatality.
Found in Florida and Central America and is the world’s most poisonous tree. The fruit it bears causes allergic dermatitis, while the harmful toxins are said to strip paint from cars. The fruit will cause death when consumed.
Larkspur or Delphinium Genus –
A poisonous plant, which creates symptoms of muscle twitching, paralysis, and death.
Wallflower or Erysimum Cheiri –
Contains toxic properties that adversely affect the heart.
Golden Chain or Laburnum Genus –
A lethal flower and when consumed in abundance, its poisonous effects include sleepiness, convulsions, frothing at the mouth, diarrhea coma and even death.
Wisteria Sinensis –
Toxic and causes gastroenteritis.
Pink and yellow flowers both have toxic nectar, which induces vomiting, digestive, respiratory and circulatory issues.
When on a nature walk and you happen to handle any of these plants incorrectly it is best to wash the exposed areas with soap and water, or massage with calamine lotion providing the plant only causes skin irritations.
There are also herbs such as jewelweed and horsetail, which may grow in the same vicinity that may be used to rub on the skin to stop itching or rashes from appearing.
The antidote for more severe internal poisoning would be Ipecacuana which is an emetic and homeopathic remedy that will bring relief until medical assistance is available.
A quiet walk with Mother Nature reawakens the body’s natural healing abilities and restores an overall sense of well-being.
– Juliet M. Bailey