A walk 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 of the trails tend to improve mental clarity, boost immunity, improves mood disorders, inspire creativity, boosts brain chemistry and treats insomnia.
There is a certain amount of joy and enthusiasm one experiences while exploring the fauna and botanicals which exists in the thick of nature. For instance, there are numerous genera of plants waiting to be discovered on the trails of nature.
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 botanicals you may find while perusing the forest.
Jimson Weed or Scared Datura are a particular group of plants which are poisonous. They may cause violent behavior, memory loss, coma and death.
The Suicide Tree or Cerbera odallam produces a seed which is very poisonous and 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 matured which contain saponins which are dangerous and toxic. The toxicity causes skin irritations.
The sap of the lovely Anthuriums are irritating to the skin and eyes.
Oleander which is referred to as The Jericho Rose 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 which is normally used to treat snake bites causes a alcohol toxicity which create body tremors, delirium, and fatality.
Manchineel found in Florida and Central America is the world’s most poisonous tree. The fruit it bears causes allergic dermatitis, while the harmful toxins is said to strip paint from cars. The fruit will cause death when consumed.
Larkspur or Delphium genus is a poisonous plant which creates symptoms of muscle twitching, paralysis and death.
Wallflower or Erysimum cheiri contains toxic properties which affect the heart adversely.
Laburnum genus or Golden Chain is a lethal flower. When consumed in abundance, its poisonous effects include sleepiness, convulsions, frothing at the mouth, diarrhea coma and death.
Wisteria sinensis is toxic and causes gastroenteritis.
Rhododendron pink and yellow flowers both have a 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 jewel weed 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 which 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.