Native Medicinal Plants

Jun 25, 2013

Christa Sinadinos, with wild fennel and other native medicinal plants at the California School of Herbal Studies
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Native healers the world over have relied on the medicinal properties of the indigenous plants in their regions for millennia. Today, much of that knowledge is more widely available—and California’s lush north coast holds a wealth of beneficial botany. On today’s North Bay Report, we meet a practitioner and teacher of those herbal arts.

Manzanita growing wild

 Christa Sinadinos directs the Northwest School For Botanical Studies in  Aracta, but is a regular visiting instructor at the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville.  There are dozens of native plants on the North Coast that have medicinal properties (see an extensive slide show here).  Sinadinos elaborates on a couple of her additional favorites.