Many people still confuse the hemlock tree with the poisonous hemlock plant. Unfortunately, the name association has given our beautiful hemlock trees an undeserved bad reputation. Unlike the plant, the hemlock tree is of great comfort to all who have sat beneath one, and have provided us with useful items for centuries.
Although the recent crises in for the hemlock forest has made using its wood taboo, it was used for centuries to make homes and the furnishings that go inside. More notable was the use of the bark in the tannins industry, where that from the hemlock was considered to be of superior quality.
The hemlock tree may not be giving us as much in terms of natural products, but the shelter and habitat that they provide certainly does. Just consider the number of plants that thrive beneath its branches and all of the benefits that they give. More and more we are discovering that certain plants, such as dandelion, mint and juniper all contain elements that are essential to our health. And the mighty hemlock is protecting them all.
This surge in plant discovery is worldwide, making it possible that one day we will find that the hemlock tree has housed a cure for centuries that we have not yet discovered. Just look at what happened in Japan and the popular konjac plant. After being a staple of their diet since ancient times, it is now been found that the root makes an incredible and totally natural (no harsh chemicals or additives) body cleansing sponge. This popular konjac sponge has taken the health and beauty world by storm, cleaning the face better than most soaps do, and just a few years back no one knew of its existence.
The healing powers of essential plant oils are also a great example of the power that plants and trees have over our bodies. Time and again, a new discovery is being made into the ways in which certain plants are able to help ward off disease, and make our bodies stronger against impending ones. This is a phenomenon that is likely to continue gaining force as more research is done.
The world’s new –found-again acceptance of natural remedies makes it all the more important that we make sure to preserve the hemlock forests of the eastern seaboard. For all we know, each tree is housing the real secret to long life and happiness.