This Little Weed Is One of the Most Useful Medicines on the Planet
Plantain has often been the go-to remedy for hikers plagued by mosquitoes. Because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes.
Wooly Lambs Ear, (Stachys Byzantina) is well known for for having been used as a battlefield wound dressing due to it's absorbent leaves and its blood clotting properties. It contains antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties as well, making it a great alternative to those store bought antibiotic laden strips of plastic you can purchase at the store. It's also an excellent remedy for stinging nettle.
Common weed in Midwestern fields Weed Identification Guide Lamb's-Quarter Type: Broadleaf annual Size: To 4 feet tall and 18 inches wide Where it grows: Landscape and garden areas in sun or shade Appearance: Scalloped leaves have gray undersides. Control: Mulch to prevent it; pull plants by hand or use a post-emergence herbicide.
White clover: medicinal uses: cleanses blood, boils, sores, wounds, etc., heals disorders and diseases of the eye. A tea is used to treat coughs, colds, fevers and leucorrhea. A tincture of the leaves can be applied as an ointment for gout. A tea of the flowers used as an eyewash.
Mullein is high in iron, magnesium, potassium, and sulfur. It is considered the herb of choice for respiratory problems and pulmonary diseases. Not only does it loosen mucus and expel it out of the body, but it also calms spasms, is a natural painkiller, and helps to reduce swelling in the glandular system.
Do you recognize this plant? Do you weed it or eat it? Purslane has many healing benefits for your body. It has a cooling, anti-inflammatory affect along with soothing and healing mucilaginous constituents. It can be used topically on the skin to soothe, cool and heal bug bites, inflamed skin, stings and skin sores. Purslane Superfood Better Living through healthy choices. Herboloy and Herbal Use/Education.
Poke - a very potent healing plant. The first leaves of spring are boiled several times and consumed as a spring tonic. The berries have anti-inflammatory properties, and the root has been used for severe infections, swollen glands, gum infections, and cancer. Poke is not a gentle healer, some skill required with it's preparation and use. Do your research. Photo by Pilar Azaña, via Flickr
most plants we consider ‘weeds’ are actually medicinal herbs; nettle, lambs quarter, chrysanthemum, all growing in radiant abundance together with the plants we eat for sustenance! But dandelions especially amaze me. Among many other uses, it is of the most effective detoxifying herbs on this planet.
Lemon Balm Tea This versatile herb contains volatile oils that ease stress and buoy bad moods. For straight-up tea, pour boiling water over dried lemon-balm leaf (1 to 2 teaspoons of herbs to 8 ounces water). Or blend with equal parts oat tops (or oat straw) and a pinch of peppermint.
Horehound is an old medicinal herb, best known as an agent used in cough and cold preparations. It is a perennial member of the Mint family, and has the characteristic square stems common to mints. It is an attractive plant to bees, and has sort of a musky odor when brushed. The leaves are covered with white hairs, giving the plant an overall wooly appearance