It’s not looking good for the healthcare system y’all…but that’s not none of my business!
Oone thing I’ve always believed is that we are responsible for our own health. While I recognize how important doctors are, at the end of the day, your health is your own.
With the dawning of a new day in politics, many of our fellow citizens are wondering, “what now?!” when it comes to their health and the health of their families.
Now is a great time to remember the ways of old and learn real ways to heal yourself. We can revive the methods that worked before the current medical infrastructure.
When you consider that our modern medicines are synthesized forms of the active chemicals in the plant life all around us, we can begin to get a clearer picture of how God provided (exceedingly and abundantly) for this situation – long before their was a president or a hospital in sight. He designed the earth to help you heal lyourself.
I’ve been using herbs and natural methods to heal my family for as long as I’ve been a mother. I remember slipping a garlic infusion into my son’s sippy cup when he caught his first “cold”. And when my husband (who rarely get sick) immediately revived after taking one of my “power shots” at the first sign of flu.
I still use these methods today and I love learning new ones.
The great thing about herbs and plants is, they help you heal yourself in a variety of different ways. Don’t like tea? You can toss herbs and edible flowers in salads, soups, and mixed greens.
Check out the list below and let me know how many of these healing “weeds” you’ve seen growing right around you.
10 Weeds you can use to Heal Yourself
• Dandelion – always first on my list is the lowly, but beautiful, dandelion. Every part is edible, nutritious and beneficial. The roots are excellent roasted and brewed (add maca root and chicory for a coffee substitute). The leaves and root are fantastic blodd tonics and help support your liver in it’s cleansing action while nourishing your body. We love the flowers battered and pan fried with a honey drizzle.
• Burdock – One of the main ingredients in my LiviTea blend (available in the Queen Maintenance Kit), burdock is also an excellent liver tonic. Burdock cleanses the blood and helps the lymphatic system to do it’s job – to drain your body and help keep your immune system healthy. Burdock is effective in treating for diabetes and has anti–cancer properties.
Burdock can be cooked, eaten raw or boiled into tea. The younger the better as the stems, leaves, and roots become harder with age. The young leaves are a delicious, bitter addition to mixed greens and salads.
• Red Clover – this cute little pink version of the common clover plant is especially good for boosting fertility, soothing painful breasts, and reducing symptoms of PMS. It is also used as a cancer preventative, and treatment for whooping cough (moms!).
One study found that red clover is used to treat cancer in all parts of the body in 33 different cultures! It is also useful in less serious conditions like indigestion.
• Yellow Dock – we found a TON of yellow dock in our garden last year. Another mainstay in my LiviTea formula, yellow dock is another excellent purifier of the blood. Yellow dock supports the liver, kidneys, and endocrine system in regulating the hormones, processing toxic waste, and cleansing the body. Yellow dock is considered a “cure all” and has been used by Native Americans to remedy many ailments from constipation and inflammation to skin sores.
Yellow dock is useful as a treatment for cramping and heavy menstrual cycles, as well as STDs. It is commonly used by herbalists in the treatment of upper respiratory disorders, bacterial infections, and even jaundice.
• Plantain – not the starchy, flavorful cousin to the banana that we find in so many delicious Caribbean dishes. Common plantain is a weed that many of us would consider invasive, however, it is one of the most nourishing herbs in the average American yard. Used to treat inflammation, and to stop external bleeding. Plantain is also a refrigerant and will help to cool the body in cases of fever.
• Purslane – if left to grow, purslane will take up a nice sized spot in your lawn or garden. Last spring we uprooted some and transported to our garden. Of all our plants this low-growing, shrubby veggie has lasted through it all. The leaves are delicious and juicy eaten raw. They can be tossed in salad, sauteed or eaten in soup. Purslane is low in fat and calories but full of fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Purslane is a great food for children as it helps to build strong bones, improve vision, and treat stomach and intestinal ailments.
• Mullein is used as a tonic for the lungs and respiratory system. It’s a main ingredient in my Cold, Cough, & Throat blend. Oil from an infusion of mullein flowers has been used to treat ear infections and excema.
• Chickweed – If you’re looking for help losing weight, chickweed is your friend. An effective appetite suppressant, chickweed is also commonly used as a remedy for obesity. Use chickweed to cool inflammation and soothe irritated skin. Chickweed can be prepared as a tea of infusion or eaten as a vegetable.
• Stinging Nettle – use gloves to harvest this useful common weed because the prickly leaves contain an active chemical that causes rash. All that aside, nettles are one of the most popular medicinal herbs. Used for bladder and kidney ailments, as a diuretic, and for joint health, nettles are high in vitamins A, B2, C, D, and K. Nettles are a key ingredient in all of my personal blends as they help build the blood and nourish all the body’s systems.
• Wood Sorrel – one of my sons’ favorite flowers to bring me is also one of my favorites to give them for fever and vomitting. The sour, but pleasant lemon flavor is a great compliment to fish and can be used in fresh seasonings, soups, and even eaten raw. Sorrel is found everywhere in the world and is easy to identify by it’s leaves and flavor.
How to Harvest wild herbs
Make sure that you are harvesting from an area that hasn’t been sprayed recently with herbicides. Use clean shears or kitchen scissors to harvest young tender leaves. A cultivator can be used for roots, however certain roots – like dandelion, and the dock family – grow strong and deep and you may need a garden fork to extract the whole root.
Be sure to wash any wild edibles before use. Drying is a great way to preserve fresh herbs for later use.