Lamb's Quarter healing powers:
- relieve stomach aches
- prevent scurvy
- external poultice treats burns and wounds
- high in vitamins & minerals
- blocks breast cancer cell development
Every aspect of life is better when you feel good and healthy! To that end, we offer a wealth of information on the super natural healing powers of plants, herbs, and common "weeds". Nature itself crafts the best medicine. We seek to reacquaint you with our roots and reintroduce these incredible plants to your diet and medicine chest. Whether you take this info with you into the garden or wilderness, or you choose to order our beyond organic, super sustainable tea blends (or both!), we wish you happy healing.
This week, we present more wildcrafted medicine that is often dishonored as an invasive weed: lamb's quarter! This is a super nutritious plant that's great for foragers to add to their repertoire.
Lamb's quarter leaves are shaped like little webbed feet, hence it's alternate name goosefoot. It grows upright to be about 3 feet tall, with alternate leaves. It sometimes has a powder coating or develops fuchsia colored spots; both are totally normal, and are still edible. The powder is actually pollen. If you find it gritty or unpalatable, just rinse well! Leaves are soft and supple. Upper leaves may be smooth-edged, but lower leaves tend to be serrated.
Lamb's quarter grows very easily. It sucks up minerals and contaminants (especially nitrates) from the soil like a champ, but plants grown in contaminated or pesticide-treated soils should not be consumed because the toxins are then concentrated in the plant.
Lamb's quarter grows prolifically all over our property! We regularly pick the leaves from the woody stems for raw salads and green juice; it's one of the favorite greens of the Eden Knights. The flavor is slightly reminiscent of avocado. The seeds can be consumed whole or ground into flour, and the leaves can be stirred into soups or stir fry too!
Lamb's quarter is related to quinoa. It's high in protein and calcium and a slew of other valuable nutrients. In fact, it's said that lamb's quarter is second only to amaranth as far as nutritious plants go. It's also high in saponins and oxalic acid, so be warned if you have kidney conditions, although oxalic acid content can be counteracted by cooking with a source of calcium, like cheese or other dairy.
If the plant or its seeds smells like turpentines, do not consume it! That's actually a poisonous look alike to be avoided.
Lamb's Quarter healing powers:
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This week, we present the dandelion.
With some 250+ varietes, dandelions are common and easily recognized. The serrated green leaves are basal, "meaning they don't grow up on stems, but emerge from the crown of the plant at ground level".  The flowers extend on a hollow stalk that oozes when pierced or cut.
Dandelions are in the family Asteracea. They are a relative of calendula, which we covered in last week's Wildcrafted Medicine blog! Each petal on the sweet yellow flower head is actually a tiny, specialized flower unto itself called a floret.
After a few days in bloom, the flower heads close up, and each floret transforms to seed. The seed-head stage of the dandelion's life has delighted children for ages, because with a breath of wind the feathery parachute-tipped seeds take flight.
Dandelions are dishonored by many gardeners, treated as common weeds and even sprayed with toxic chemicals for attempted eradication. This perception is an absolute travesty, because dandelion is a powerful all-around remedy.
Dandelion healing powers:
We have a great recipe for Dandelion Pesto:
a couple handfuls of dandelion greens
good bunch of basil
small handful of sunflower seeds
olive oil, 0.5-1 cup
up to a head of garlic
small handful of parmesan cheese
Blend everything in a Vitamix or food processor. Exact amounts aren't that important; experiment to find the relative volume of each ingredient you prefer!
Every aspect of life is better when you're healthy, so we present to you the potency of wildcrafted medicine! Here in this blog and through our beyond organic, super sustainable tea blends, we offer the super natural healing powers of plants! Knowledge is power; you can take responsibility for your own wellbeing when you know your options.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a member of the marigold family. It is said to bloom on the first few days of the Roman calendar month (the "calends", which corresponded to the new moon cycle), hence the name. It is respected as a wildflower, grows cultivated as abeautiful ornamental in gardens, and has been used for healing throughout history all across the world!
The portion of the calendula plant that appears to be the flower is actually a specialized structure called an inflorescence.
Calendula has bright yellow to orange daisy-esque flowers. The flower heads are actually composed of wee little florets that blossom according to the geometric pattern of the Fibonnacci sequence, radiating out into the petals (which are specialized flowers themselves called ray florets). The hairy, oblong leaves are a rich green and alternate up the main stalk. The plant grows 40-70 cm tall (that's about 16"-28" for Americans) with a deep taproot.
Calendula contains essential oils, salicylic acid, phytosterols, carotenoids, glycosides, flavonoids, terpenoids, and tannins.
Calendula is used for cooking, teas, dyes, and as oil and skin tonic. The flowers and leaves are edible. The dried plant can be used as tea, tincture, or oil. Crushed fresh leaves can be applied to wounds.
Calendula healing powers:
I busted my hand. It's still swollen and bruised. I've doubled up on my magnetic copper bracelets, and I'm super stoked to put some comfrey on it!!!
Comfrey is a hardy plant! It lives in a huge range of temperatures, from the extreme cold of its native Russia to the extreme heat of Africa. It tolerates a variety of soils, and therefore is suited to almost any environment.
Comfrey is covered in rough little hairs. It grows large, dark green oval leaves with deep veinage. It produces small cream or purple bell-shaped flowers. The plants can grow 2 feet high by 3 feet across.
Comfrey (especially the roots) is rich in a substance called allantoin that aids granulation in wound healing and new cell formation.
I'm super grateful that we have such an abundance at hand for times like these, because comfrey is anti-inflammatory and promotes new cell growth. It's also called Knitbone because it's reputed to be able to heal broken bones, torn ligaments, and pulled muscles!
We grow comfrey in the top the container garden we made by filling a 55 gallon barrel with dirt, cutting rectangles in the side, and stuffing the holes with plants.
I picked 2 leaves and mashed them up in a mortar and pestle with a splash of water. The result was super runny and I figured it would soak right into my bandage, so I mixed in a spoonful of flour. I smeared the comfrey paste all over my hand, and it immediately felt cool and soothing.
Then I tied it up with a strip of an old sheet and left the poultice on for 6 hours. The comfrey paste was totally dry and flaked right off by that time.
In only 6 hours, I experienced a significant reduction in swelling; my left hand is obviously less puffy. I can see my ligaments and veins again! The dull pain is alleviated, and I have increased mobility in my wrists and fingers.
Comfrey worked like a champ to reduce my swelling, pain, and inflammation!
Almost everyone recognizes henbit, though few know it by name (scientific name Lamium amplexicaule L.). It pops up unbidden in lawns and garden beds, but to treat this relative of mint as if it were a common weed is profane.
Henbit has square, hollow stems that can be green to purplish. The plant is sparsely covered with fine hairs. It has distinctive "collars" of oppositely-placed petals up the stem. Lower leaves are attached to the main stem by a wee little stalk called a petiole, but upper leaves are directly attached to the stem (that is to say, they are sessile). Leaves are broad and green, with deep veins and scalloped edges. Henbit has distinctive whorls of tiny, spotted, tubular pinkish to purple flowers.
Henbit is high in iron, fiber, and antioxidants.
Henbit has edible stems, leaves, and flowers. Add it to salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Fresh leaves can also be used to make a tea!
A poultice of henbit can treat external bleeding, burns, bruises, stings, and wounds.
As the name suggests, chickens love it. It's also a source of nectar for bees, so keep it around to support bee populations.
Henbit has healing powers:
Considering the powerful medicinal properties of this sweet little herb, it makes sense to treat henbit with the respect it deserves!
The humble Carolina geranium (Geranium carolinianum; AKA ) grows profusely throughout North America. It is commonly misrepresented as a "weed", but it is actually a powerful herb packed with incredible healing properties!
It has brownish-pink stems, 5 lobed petals, and tiny flowers. Because this herb is so prolific, practically everyone can access potent pro-wellness compounds!
Carolina geranium is high in tannins; they are especially concentrated in the rhizomal roots. Tannins give the plant a bitter flavor. They also make it a strong astringent, which is useful for treating gastrointestinal conditions, moist wounds, and weak tissues that need drier conditions (such as a canker sore).
The herb is a source of vitamin K.
This lovely flowering herb is fully edible! The leaves and stems can be taken raw, cooked, or in tea. The roots are more palatable when boiled for 10 minutes; the cooking water can be taken as tea too! Carolina geranium's strong astringent properties can be made weaker by combining it with milk (cinnamon can be added for flavor).
Carolina geranium is used in folk medicine to treat:
Researchers in Shanghai found that polyphenolic extract from Carolina geranium displays anti-Hepatitis B activity!
Rather than pulling this sweet plant as a weed, try trimming it and using the leaves for tea!
Health is wealth, and we're sitting on a gold mine!
The Garden of Eden is covered in powerful, nutritious, healing plants and herbs, and we want to share the abundance with you!
Do you know these common "weeds"?
These familiar plants grow profusely throughout North America. Many people recognize them by sight; they pop up all over lawns and gardens and are generally treated as undesirable nuisances. Fewer people can identify them by name, and almost no one remembers that these "weeds" are actually medicinal superheroes!
Many plants considered "weeds" are actually potent therapeutic powerhouses!
For thousands of years, humans turned to the earth for healing when they fell ill, using plants as their medicine chest, because
Nature herself crafts the most powerful medicine.
Pulling a wild plant out of the ground for consumption is a fresh, sustainable way to obtain vital nutrients and compounds that can beat disease. Whether taken immediately or dried for later use, using plants makes sustainable sense!
With the power of knowledge, everyone can access safe and effective healthcare!
Unfortunately, we've been so disconnected from plant knowledge that our herbal allies are treated as enemies and pulled out of the ground or sprayed with toxic chemicals for total eradication.
Pretty ironic that we poison our medicine, eh?
Of course, that which creates can also destroy: there are plenty of poisonous plants that can wreak havoc when consumed or even touched.
The ability to identify plants can be the difference between life and death.
Plants can heal and nourish, or poison and even kill:
Whether you find yourself in a survival situation and need to forage, are starving during the zombie apocalypse and don't want to eat brains, or are too broke to afford the joke of pharmaceutical care, you may find yourself in need of plants that can heal, so
We gift you this Wildcrafted Medicine blog!
Every week, we'll share information about a new plant, its incredible properties, and how to use it. Knowledge is power!
We believe that every aspect of life is way better when you're healthy, so we share our resources to empower you!
We offer not only this blog of wonderful wisdom, but also wildcrafted, beyond organic, super sustainable tea blends made from our robust plants.
Enjoy your health!