Friday, February 27, 2015

Poisonous Plants and Antidotes

Poisonous Plants and Antidotes: Jesse Trail
Rating - ****

While hiking in the Canadian outback, it can come in handy to know all the contact poisonous plants out there, as well as the antidotes that might just be growing right next to you.

In this article, it explains all the common contact poisonous plants located around Canada's forests and plains, as well as how to identify and cure their effects. Some of these include Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac, as well as other plants such as the Stinging Nettle. This article also explains where they are located, the symptoms, and the antidotes for each plant, which can make a bad, itchy hike through a forest one full of excitement and fun. This article also has information regarding a verity of uncommon but hazardous plants you may encounter that you may have never even heard of or seen before, further keeping you out of harms way. This article was overall a great article, but was lacking a few detail in very crucial places.

This article taught me many valuable skills on the identification, prevention and treatment to contact poison plants. The information on the plants alone was baffling, but the extra addition of how to locate, identify and use antidotes growing in the very same place is an amazing bonus piece of material. This would have been a very informative article to read if I had read it sooner, for this last summer I had experienced many misshapes with Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, only to discover now that a remedy grows in the same neck of the woods. In the upcoming summer, I would like to try and find these plants and remedies, so on my next endeavour I can use this new knowledge to good use for not just myself, but for others around me. I think that this article would be a very good read for those who love to hike off the trail, and for those who feel like outdoors experts, for one thing is for sure... nothing ruins a trip faster then Poison Ivy.

Trail, Jesse. "Poisonous Plants and Antidotes." Explore Magazine 29 May 2014: n. pag. Web. 13 Feb. 2015. <>.

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