CASTLEISLAND and District Culture and Heritage Society enjoyed a wonderful evening on Tuesday, April 24, last when Christine Best, Kerry Herbalist, delivered a most insightful talk on the many medicinal uses of our native wild herbs.
Society founder member, Maggie Prendiville reports: "It was a full house on the evening and the only sound to be heard, apart from Christine, was the scribbling of pens as notes were attentively taken.
Myriad uses for these herbs rolled with ease off Christine's tongue while the rest of us were trying to understand why we view nature's useful plants as weeds.
From the humble stickle-back to the Dandelion we were all given reason to keep a few of these helpful flora close to hand in the garden.
Christine spoke for an hour and a half and left the audience looking forward to more.
She promised to visit the Heritage Society soon again when she will guide us along a herb walk, and familiarise us with more uses of our ditch and roadside plant life.
The society would like to thank both Christine for generously sharing her knowledge with us and Dan O Connor for the use of St Patricks Boys Secondary School which house our lectures.
For those of you who simply can't wait for Christine's Summer herb walk, you can visit her website www. kerryherbalist. com for further information," said Maggie.