The Herbal Garden: Weeds and Your Health

I have been taking an herbology course and between moving to an amazing little 2 acre plant sanctuary, this class, & connections like that of Ancient Dragonfly…I find myself compelled to explore the healing potentials of my own backyard, drawn to the notion of the simplicity of nature, the symmetry of the universal order….as if to suggest…in this ravenously convincing whisper…”everything you need is right here.”

As I look outside my windows, I see a blanket of therapuetics rainkissed by a Northwest spring morning.

Some of the most potent herbs are but weeds to the avid gardener, poking their virulent faces through garden masterpieces, warding off the most toxic of weed killers. Perhaps it would be advantageous to stop and ask ourselves how, how do these pesky plants manage to survive such impossible odds?  Could our dying, degenerative species have something to learn from the power so clearly harnessed in these lifegivers—Before I name the enemy…I must precede with a quote whose author I have temporarily forgotten…”what is a weed, but a plant whose virtue has not yet been discovered…” Is this Thoreau?

As I look outside my windows, I see a blanket of comfrey, nettle, horsetail, dandelion, thistle…potent healers rainkissed after this beautiful morning…waiting to be harnessed and seen….

Seen for who they are.

Here is a little taste…experiment for yourself…and always consult an herbal manual for cautious and conscientious harvest and consumption.

2 chemical constituents of comfrey worth noting: allantoin, increases cell proliferation, promote rapid healing & steroidal saponins in the root, attribute to pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Comfrey’s demulcent or mucilage properties soothe internally from coughs to ulcers.

Dandelion is considered a liver tonic with a high mineral content, cleansing the blood of toxins and thus supporting the kidneys…

Perhaps nettle supports the nerves and the bones to compensate for our lack of vitamin D, high in calcium & B-vitamins, I have heard nettle called “the poor man’s spirulina.”

I recently dehydrated a combination of these herbs, I had to add lemon balm, mint and green tea leaves to get a good flavored drink….go for it!  Harvest your backyard! I think I am going for it again…… kerry

“We tend to love the exotica, those very shy, very beautiful plants. They have special energy, certainly. But it is the weeds, those vulgar plants that grow everywhere, challenging us, that espouse true vitality and a passion for life. These are the longevity herbs. When their hardy spirits come into you, they feed you and make you stronger.” -Rosemary Gladstar, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health