Australian bush flowers - a herbalist's and ecologist's perspective

 Eriostemon australiasius 

Eriostemon australiasius 

Spring has sprung (a little early) and nothing is more beautiful than a virtuous bush walk on a Sunday morning to check out the wildflowers.  

I love walking with my husband as he is an environmental scientist with a passion for native plants, and he is good at finding (and naming) all the spring blossoms. The walks along the edge of Ku-rin-gai Chase National Park are easy to access and showcase the most beautiful spring-time blooms.

I love finding native flowers on our walks that I use regularly in clinical practice.  Australian native plants tend to be sold as essential oils (eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon myrtle), teas, ingredients for cooking, and less often as therapeutic herbs in tinctures and capsules.  Australian natives tend to have excellent antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Aboriginal medicinal knowledge is staggering, and much of this knowledge is sadly unused by western herbalists in practice today, as we practice an imported European-style of herbal medicine. 

The Australian Bush Flower (ABF) remedies reference native flowers as a therapeutic extract to support the emotions and the energy body.  Boronia ledifoloa was out in bloom this day, and the ABF remedies list the boronia flower to be important in helping create a serine mind open to intuition and clarity.  

Sitting on a rock face in the sunshine, surrounded by boronia flowers and looking out onto vast bushland, it was hard not to feel serine and clear of mind.  A fine reminder to connect with grass roots every now and then...