Zong Lu Tan (Trachycarpus Stiple Fiber)

Processed with VSCOcam with k2 presetHerbs are everywhere, all the time. I bet if you take a moment, and look around, you will notice at least one or two herbal medicinal materials in close proximity. If you’re in a place with palms trees (lucky you!) you might be surprised to find out that a certain variety of these larger-than-life beauties are good for more than mere shade. Zong Lu Tan also known as Fibra Stipula Trachycarpus Fortunei, or charred Trachycarpus Stiple Fiber, comes from the fibrous portion of the Windmill palm tree. I was happily stunned to learn that this herb is a strong astringent, whose number one function is to stop bleeding. It’s no wonder those big fanning leaves can seem a little intimidating when approached. How can one botanical have so much grace, and be so fierce at the same time? Most plants are like that, right!? They can teach us so many things, we just have keep our ears peeled, and our eyes open! ♡ In Solidarity, Christian

Credits: Photography/ Christian Totty // Herbal Information/ John K. Chen and Tina T. Chen, Chinese Herbology and Pharmacology, 2012.

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