HJC to host lecture on medicinal plants

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 23, 2009

Natchez — If you were an early pioneer in Mississippi, and developed ringworm, what would you do about it?

What fresh herbs help to prevent insect bites?

Learn the answers to these and many other questions during Historic Jefferson College’s free Lunchtime Lecture on Tuesday titled Native American and Pioneer Medicinal Plants.

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Before the days of advanced medicine, or even the presence of doctors, Native Americans and early pioneers learned to use the medicinal qualities of plants that grew around them.

Jean Simonton, of the Master Gardeners, will present the program, which will include hands-on demonstrations.The program begins at noon, and participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

Admission is free.