Medicinal Plants Workshop at Morris Arboretum

Plants are chemical factories that produce a multitude of antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal compounds as part of their defense systems against other organisms that can harm them. Humans have utilized many of these chemicals as powerful drugs since time immemorial, but using herbals as medicines is not always good or safe. Issues such as chemical variation within plants, accurate sourcing from nature (or cultivation), and the proper identification of medicinal plants will be discussed.