Items needed to Identify Healing Plants Gloves, Scissors, Paper bag, access to the Web or Library
Locate the plant that you want to identify. Put on gloves before handling the plant. If you do not have gloves with you then a piece of paperor material will work to pick up a leaf of the plant.
Using scissors cut off a piece of the end of one branch of the plant so you have a couple of leaves and part of the stem.
If the plant has flowers, take one flower.
Place the trimmings in the paper bag or container to carry home or to the library.
Go online and look up plants for the area of the country you are in.
It is very important to do this because plants change and adapt for different locations.
The plant may not look the same as it does in another area.
Spread your trimming out on a piece of paper and look closely at the leaves. Take note of the veins, shape and size of each leaf. Also pay attention to how the leaf is attached to the stem and if the stem is round, square, smooth or rough. Another clue is if the plant is a shade loving or sun loving plant.
Every bit of information can be helpful, like is the whole plant a bush or a single stalk plant.
All of these notes will assist you in deciding which plant you have.
Compare the plant trimmings and notes with examples you find online or in plant books. Always double check another description or example to make sure you have the right identity for the plant.
Another excellence place to learn about plants that are native to your area is the county extension office that often has flyers and handouts about local plants.
Never use a plant that you are unsure of for healing or eating.
Always double check to make sure the plant is identified correctly.