DISCUSS: Devil's club stories and remedies
Clare Swan, a Dena’ina Athabascan, grew up on the Kenai Peninsula. She says devil’s club really scared her as a child, and after she became an adult too.
“It’s a beautiful and powerful plant, but don’t ever sit on it! I was out hiking with my husband once and got tired and accidentally sat down on some, but I didn’t see that the leaves also had prickly spines underneath. The spines pierced my clothes, and I swelled up along the back side of my legs and backside. I called my doctor and he said to rub my skin with Tide detergent. It lasted a day or so. In the spring, though, when it first opens, I find it’s really beautiful.