When you notice weeds on your lawn or in your garden, you want them run asap! Unattended, they can spread promptly. Once a weed is spotted, you then research for different solutions to get rid of them and are successful for the time being. You enjoy your weed free lawn or garden for about 2 weeks and then you assure them reappear, possibly in a different place. It is a somewhat of a back and forth act all season long. I know many of you reading this can relate.
Medicinal Utilizes For Weeds That GrowA Around Your Home
However, what if I told you that some of those pesky weeds are edible and actually possess medicinal properties? There are literally hundreds of wild plants across the globe that possess medicinal properties. It would be impossible to list them all here. I did, however, compile a listing of the most common weeds found in lawns and gardens that are edible and possess many medicinal properties.
Word of Caution…
Before I begin, I would like to share with you two articles which include information on safety precautions you need to be aware of when foraging for wild edible plants. In my article, Foraging Tips for the 7 Most Common Edible Plants, I share great tips on things to consider and to look out for when you forage for any and all wild edible plants. Another great article, aNeed To Knowa Rules When Picking Edible& Medicinal Plants, is written by Mykel Hawke, star of Discoveryas aMan, Woman, Wilda. He also talks about considerations and safety precautions to take when foraging in the wild. I sincerely encourage you to read these articles if you have never foraged for wild and edible plants. Foraging can be a great experience but, safety precautions are a must!
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Commonly Found Weeds And Their Medicinal Properties
Purslane( Portulaca Oleracea)
This a ground cover weed and flourishes most in direct sunlight. The stems and leaves are edible. Here, in the United States, it is considered a weed. In other countries, however, it is a popular salad vegetable and has a rich, lemony flavor.
It is rich in vitamin C, omega 3 and 6, and omega 9( fatty acids ). This plant also contains dopa and noradrenaline constructing it quite useful for growth hormone production, allergies, the entire endocrine system( all glands ), and is great for heart health.
This plant can be eaten raw, steamed, or dehydrated.
The look alike( non-edible) plant to watch out for is called Spurge. The change is that spurge has white sap inside of its stem- not red like purslane stems.
Ground Ivy( Glechoma Hederacea)
This wild plant belongs to the mint family and is another ground cover weed. Its main features are purplish flowers, square stems, and scalloped shaped leaves. It is important to note that the leaves of ground ivy are opposite of each other along its stems. Another telltale sign of ground ivy leaves is that they reek like mint when crushed. The leaves attain great additions to salads. The flowers are also edible. The leaves and flowers can be juiced or constructed into a tea as well.
This wild plant has a long listing of medicinal benefits which include 😛 TAGEND
The oil of this wild plant alleviates congestion and sinus rednes associated with colds, flu, and sinusitis.
Possesses antibacterial properties Possesses anti-inflammatory properties Acts as an antioxidant Acts as an antiseptic Acts as an immuno-stimulant Acts as a sedative Vitamin C B complex Ascorbic acid Calcium Beta-carotene Magnesium Potassium Niacin Riboflavin Thiamin Copper Zinc Selenium