Summer is here and in the spirit of the season, we decided it would be a great time to highlight a few medicinal beach plants common in Florida.
In general, plants that grow in hostile conditions contain constituents that not only help them survive but are also good medicine for us too. It makes sense that these salt-tolerant plants growing on Florida’s hot sandy beach dunes would have healing properties! These plants all have rich histories of tradition use throughout Florida, Central America and the Caribbean.
A note on harvesting dune plants
The loss of beach sand due to tidal erosion is an issue across much of Florida. The plants listed here serve an important purpose – anchoring that sand in place. And they do a better job than most man-made alternatives. When harvesting any plant from any beach, only harvest what you need, only harvest from large established plants, and only harvest when the dune has an abundance of plant coverage.