I think this was the first episode where the ship fired phasers in anger - and they missed!
It's all well and good to know herbal medicine and roots and poultices and such - but how the hell does such knowledge apply to a totally alien planet with totally unknown ecosystem, chemistry, biology... ? Seems a likely outcom of even "taste but don't swallow" could have been instant death. And smearing unknown alien vegetable matter on an open wound? People have mutated into alien monsters from less.
Julia Nickson at the helm (later to be Sinclair's girlfriend on Babylon 5). OH
, I love that woman's beautiful eyes.