Taking a hunter out for his first deer the other day, I came across the Catalpa Tree or the long, gnarly 12-16 inch seed pods of it which I couldn't help but to admire God's often creative and amazing touches in creation. I didn't know what it was other than remember seeing it in my Petersen's Field Guide to Edible Plants. I had to take a few seed pods home for further investigation. After an internet search, this is what I found:
"Over the years, the catalpa has served many medicinal purposes. At one time the Native Americans used it as an antidote for snake bites. The tea made from its bark acts as a sedative, and it also produces a mild narcotic reaction. At times the tea from the bark was also used as a substitute for quinine in treating malaria. Its seed tea was used to treat whooping cough as well as asthma and bronchitis. Its leaves were used as a poultice on wounds and abrasions."
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