Botanical Medicines That Heal the World

A 365 Expansion Project

As an artist, I am embarking on a visual and educational journey to explore 365 specifically selected plants that are used as medicines on the planet.  With 7 continents, 5 oceans and a botanical history spanning over 8,000 years, the number 365 represents 1 year of human interaction with plants in all its biodiversity and beauty. I am documenting plants as a visual scientist to better understand the properties that evoke mystique and healing for the human body and spirit.

As a significant percentage of our current medicines are derived from plants, my goal is to provide a visual and ethnobotanical knowledge base for physicians, patients, and the general public in respect to the plants.  It is of interest to me to present the chemical components that interact with our human biochemistry and synergize our own individual biochemical reactions.

Chemistry and botanical medicines are the subjects of my current work.  The human experience and our interaction with plants is woven into the fabric of my project design.  The creative abstraction of line, visual symbols and color are crucial to my presentation. Botanical accuracy for plant identification and capturing of the essence of the plant as medicine evolve visually and intellectually within the discovery process of the 365 plants.  I begin with my symbolic top 52 choice plants that span therapeutic roots, barks, leaves, flowers, mushrooms and seaweeds.  I hope to create a bridge between art and science, medicine and plants, people and their healing.

Reishi / Ganoderma

Hibiscus sabdariffa

Sambucus nigra

Elder

Digitalis officinalis

Fox Glove

Zingiber officinale

Ginger

Botanical Medicine

for the Brain

Botanical Medicine

for the Cardiovascular System

BODY SYSTEMS OVERVIEW

CARDIOVASCULAR :: Foxglove, Hawthorn, Strophanthus, Arjuna, Red peony, Hibiscus

IMMUNE :: Cedar, Garlic, Goldenseal, Echinacea, Citrus, Reishi 

LYMPHATIC :: Phytolacca, Blood root, Dandelion, Wild indigo

RESPIRATORY :: Chrysanthemum, Lungroot, Mullein, Eucalyptus, Elecampagne, Sambucus

DIGESTIVE :: Pomegranate, Ginger, Peppermint, Burdock, Artichoke, Comfrey

INTEGUMENTARY :: Aloe, Calendula, Gotu kola, Helicrysum, Rose

MUSCULOSKELETAL :: Turmeric, Kava, Poppy, Boswellia, Cannabis

ADRENAL :: Cordyceps, Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Eleutherococcus, Rhodiola

URINARY :: Bearberry, Althea, Goldenrod, Juniper berry, Cranberry

SEX HORMONES :: Pulsatilla, Chaste tree, Dong quai, Black cohosh, Sarsaparilla

ENDOCRINE :: Bladderwrack, Bitter melon, Damiana, Rehmannia, Tribulus

BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM :: Passionflower, Lavender, Guarana, Dragon’s eye, Chamomile