Do not kill the weed – use ;
It’s that time of year again.
Herbalists they hate to watch TV. My husband hates it, too, because it gets to hear that I will rant every time one of those ads come on.
You know that …
Every other ad is herbicide or fertilizer for lawns or companies that are going to come and take care of your lawn and keep it green and “beautiful” (Shorthand for spraying several times with herbicides and fertilizers).
This is the deal with that.
First, all that crap in your yard spraying enters the groundwater and poisons that means much more than weeds in your garden.
Second, fertilizers cause more harm than good. They harm fish and other wildlife that live in water seeping in.
And last but not least, many of these “weeds” have health benefits you’re missing out on!
This obsession with perfectly manicured green lawns is a waste plant in perfect condition, nutritious and can pollute the environment in business.
could give a long list of plants that is killing that must be maintained but will keep this short and sweet list.
Here are 8 plants commonly dead that must be preserved and used:
chickweed ( Stellaria media )
chickweed is loaded with vitamins A, D and C, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. Its flavor is nice and green and can be used in stews, soups, salads, sandwiches or. You can also puree and use topically as a paste for minor burns (including sunburns), cuts, rashes and dry skin. It is also a mild diuretic so it is good for water retention and helps relieve cystitis and other bladder problems.
margaritas ( Bellis perennis )
margaritas have anti-inflammatory properties and flowers and greens can be brewed as a tea. Add a little honey raw area if it is a little bitter for his taste. Herbalists have used for years to margaritas stomach, colon, and airway problems.
dandelion ( Taraxacum )
I do not think I’ve seen a lawn without at least one plant dandelion. People go crazy when pop-up and declare war. In the process, they are denying themselves some very good nutritional value.
dandelions are rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, beta carotene (more than carrots), iron, potassium and zinc. Herbalists have used dandelions for everything from detoxifying the liver and kidneys to heartburn. It has strong diuretic properties and is good for cleansing the liver and gallbladder.
You can use the whole plant dandelion. The roots are an excellent substitute for coffee. The flowers and leaves can be eaten raw in salads or steamed and eaten like any other vegetable.
Chenopodium album ( Chenopodium album )
every summer This weed appears. The seeds are loaded with vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. You can also eat the leaves and young shoots raw or sauteed like other vegetables. Use them to replace other green leafy vegetables such as lettuce or spinach. The leaves can also be used to make a tea that is excellent for indigestion or stomach cramps.
purslane ( Portulaca oleracea )
purslane arises everywhere. It loves to grow in the cracks of a sidewalk or take over flowerbeds. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, E, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. Chinese medicine has been used for centuries to purslane everything from insect bites and stings diarrhea and hemorrhoids. The leaves are a bit salty and bitter, but can be added to soups and stews where the flavor is mixed a little easier.
Banana ( Plantago major )
The banana is one of the (almost as common as dandelions) most common weeds. Herbalists use topically for burns, bites and minor wounds and tinctures or glycerites for bronchitis, sore throats and colds. Loaded with vitamins A, B1 and riboflavin, treat young leaves in salads or steamed like spinach. Add a little lemon juice to brighten the flavor.
red clover ( Trifolium pretense )
Red clover is a happy little plant. I remember spending hours laying in pasture on farm production lines of my great grandparents of flowers and wearing them around my neck until it turned brown. At that time, did not know they were loaded with calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin C, and isoflavones (chemicals that act like estrogens so if you have or have had breast cancer, Do not eat red clover). The flowers can be eaten raw and added to salads or stir fry.
Ortiga ( Urtica dioica )
wear gloves to pick up your nettle, but by all means, they meet. It packs a powerful sting until cooked but pureed or herbalists used for urinary, kidney stones, joint pain, allergies and hay fever problems. Nettle is full of vitamins A, B2, C, D, K, antioxidants, amino acids, calcium, potassium, iodine, manganese, iron, and chlorophyll. You can eat the leaves as you would any other green, use it to make soups or tea, and can not improve the taste of nettle pesto!
See what I mean about missing out on some great nutrition? I would bet almost everyone reading this post has destroyed at least one of these weeds in your yard sometime in the name of manicured lawns.
These common weeds are an excellent example of food being medicine. Instead of killing them, try to keep them and use them as mother nature intended.
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