In Medicinal Employs For Weeds Commonly Found Around Your Home a Part 1, I went over the medicinal properties of three extremely beneficial wild plants: purslane, ground ivy, and chickweed. In A Part 2, I went over the medicinal properties of four additional beneficial wild plants: thistle, wild violet, hairy bitterness, and prickly lettuce. Part 3 coveredA the medicinal properties of four more additional beneficial wild plants: lambas quarters, mallow, stinging nettle, and chicory.
All of these plants have one thing in common- they can usually will find information close to or around your home. Today, Iall go over the medicinal uses for four more wild plants that becomes available close to or around your home: henbit, curly dock, garlic mustard, and amaranth.
Word of cautiona |
As I did in part one and two, 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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Medicinal Utilizes For Weeds Commonly Found
Henbit( Lamium amplexicaule)
As a child, this was one of my favorite wild blooms to pick. I simply loved the small purplish blooms on the top! I recollect bring back a little posy of henbit every time I would pick them. My Mom would set them in a small glass of water and they are generally sat in the window sill above the kitchen sink. Little did I know then that I was picking a medicinal plant!
Henbit belongs to the mint family but, does not have a minty scent. This plant is covered in very fine hairs pointing downward. The stems are green but can turn a purplish color as it ages. The tiny purplish blooms of henbit are on the top and closely resemble the shape of an orchid bud when their tiny buds open. The foliages have scalloped like edges and are arranged opposite of each other in pairs. Henbit can grow between 10 -3 0 cm high.
This edible and medicinal plant is high in iron, various vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. It possesses anti-rheumatic, diaphoretic, laxative, and stimulant properties.
The edible parts of this plant are the stems, leaves, and flowers. Henbit can be eaten raw and cooked. Some use dried henbit as a tea. You can add raw henbit to salads, soups, and green smoothies. Some say the savor of henbit resembles the savour of kale.
Curly Dock( Rumex Crispus)
Also known as yellow dock, the flowers are green, sometimes with a touch of red. The flowers do not have petals and grow in clusters. Each flower contains a seed which will eventually turn brown
Curly dock is rich in protein, magnesium, iron, vitamins A and C, and bioflavonoids. All parts of this plant are useful but, the roots of this plant possess the strongest medicinal properties.
The edible parts and medicinal value of curly dock:
Leaves in very small quantities are edible( until flower spikes appear ). The foliages can be cooked as long as they are green. The foliages can also be added to stews, soups, and salads. The inner portions of the stems are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked. To get to the inner portion of the stem only peel the outer layer of the stem. The seeds of curly dock can be eaten raw or cooked but, only once they turn brown. Seeds can also be a substitute for coffee. The roots of curly dock possess the most medicinal properties. The roots are best boiled to make a tea. The tea acts as a detoxifier for your liver, is great for scalp ailments, and possesses laxative properties which helps to cleanse toxins from the digestive system. Used as first aid, the powder of dried curly dock roots can be made into a poultice and applied directly to your skin to mend wounds, itching, redness, and eczema.