Martha Reben, author of the 1952 classic, The Healing Woods, wrote in her memoirs of the natural recuperative qualities of the Adirondack forests during her struggle with tuberculosis.
The beauty and spiritual setting of St. Joseph’s has also been noted for contributing to our residents’ healing from addiction.
This Pink Lady’s Slipper (also called Moccasin Flower), for example, photographed on the grounds of our main Inpatient campus, is a large, showy wildflower belonging to the orchid family.
This beautiful plant grows 6 to 15 inches tall and flowers generally between May and July. The genus name derives from the Latin for Venus slipper. Another common name for this plant is Moccasin Flower.
Orchids often have swollen, ball-shaped tubers that were regarded in traditional practices as having medicinal value. The root of lady’s slipper was used as a remedy for nervousness, tooth pain, and muscle spasms. In the 1800s and 1900s it, and other orchids, were widely used as a substitute for the European plant valerian for sedative properties.
Pink lady’s slippers can live to be twenty years old or more. – text courtesy of Paul Smith’s College