While the majority knows not to eat poisonous plants, we often
forget to educate our children on the matter. Years ago, folks
believed ingesting small amounts of poison plants such as poison
oak or ivy would result in immunity. As the years have passed by,
we've since become more versed in the matter and now know that
these old wives tales are simply unfounded, as well as very
dangerous. Surprisingly, there are a number of poisonous ornamental
plants lurking around our yards, gardens, and foyers apart from the
usual suspects, poison oak, ivy, & sumac, and nightshade. Some
of these plants include:
- English Ivy
- Angel's Trumpets
- Elephant Ear
It is important that we not only familiarize ourselves with
these plants, but teach our children their names, what they look
like, and the dangers of touching and/or consuming them. In
addition to education, there are a number of safety measures that
can be taken to protect kids from potential contact with toxic
- Always supervise children when they are outdoors and be
especially cautious when they are around mushrooms, or plants with
colorful flowers or berries.
- Avoid making your own medical concoctions from plants for
yourself or your children.
- Regardless of old wives tales about eating poisonous plants for
immunity, it is NEVER recommended to do so. Eating these plants can
cause serious illness, even death.
- Avoid growing poisonous plants altogether if you have young
- Store all garden supplies in a safe place not easily accessed
by children; this includes seeds and bulbs.
- In case of poisoning or suspected poisoning, call a physician
or poison control immediately.
We should exercise the same precaution with poisonous plants as
we do with our pharmaceuticals, cleaning supplies and other
chemicals kept around the home!
Until next time,
Live life. Get outdoors!™
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