…and possibly in these pouches packed with promise.
Ills they are alleged to address:
anemia, gastritis, gall bladder problems, ovary issues,
menopause, lung ailments, gout, lagging circulation,
liver troubles, unhappy colons,
and, of course, cancer.
I certainly hope it is true.
Given all the things plant compounds can do for and to us,
there's certainly plenty of potential.
It's so surprising when you learn of non-human animals
using plants to aid themselves (other than eating them),
like rats who line their nests with rosemary.
Rats with rosemary-festooned nests have fewer fleas
than rats that eschew the pungent herb.
That is how I learned to decorate the coop w/rosemary.
Which means I learned it from rats.
I hope the rats out there know, somehow,
that their botanical knowhow is responsible for my happy hens.
Might not be magic, but it's pretty amazing to me.