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The Magic of Herbs.

26 Sep, 2012

I came across this interesting article about how herbs can heal us especially those humble herbs growing readily in our gardens. It came from www.treeoflife.co.uk. I’m so fascinated learning about herbs since I did my Homeopathy course and have spent time this summer writing about some of the most common that are readily available and are great healers. Our God has provided these for our health and well being and he doesn’t want us to struggle to find them. They are free! Rod and I will be selling books of our rsearch when we open the garden for the NGS next June, for charity of course. Extra information included will be some of the myths of the herbs and the spiritual properties as well as culinary and medicinal uses. I will be featuring some over the next few weeks so keep checking in. We have so much to learn from Mother Nature!

Weeds as Herbs.

As the weather warms up, weeds are popping out of the ground all over.   Most people spend  a lot of time and money trying to kill these plants, but before you start  breaking out the weed spray (a natural, biodegradable non-toxic one I hope!) you  may want to consider how you can use these plants for food and medicine, because they’re a lot more useful than most people think!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A weed is a plant whose  virtues have not yet been discovered.” If you believe as I do, in a loving and all wise Creator, then perhaps  there is a reason why plants like dandelion, purslane, plantain, oxalis, common  mallows and thistles may be popping up in your lawn and yard.  Here are some things to consider.

Weeds  as Medicine

First, are any of the weeds in your garden  medicines that you need?  Many native  people believed that the Creator provided for our needs in nature.  It’s a Biblical idea, too, as in the  admonition to “consider the lilies of the field.”  Weeds may be growing near our homes because  we need them. They are there to help us with our physical and emotional  problems.

Take dandelions, for example.  Dandelion root is a great liver remedy. It’s  a blood purifier, which means it helps the liver process environmental  toxins.  Dandelion leaf is a great kidney  remedy.  Rich in potassium, it is a  non-irritating diuretic that helps to flush toxins through the kidneys.  Both the root and the leaf are good for the  stomach, helping promote digestive secretions to ease indigestion.

In my healing work, I find that three of the  organs that tend to be under the most stress in modern society are the stomach,

liver and kidneys.  Eighty percent of the  people I consult with have a primary weakness in one of these three  organs.  So, Nature is providing a plentiful  and completely free remedy that could help many people’s primary health  problems and they are doing their best to poison and get rid of them.

The same can be said for most other garden  weeds.  When I was younger, I saw a  package of “weed and feed” at the local garden shop and it had pictures of  sixteen different weeds it killed.  Glancing at the package I knew that 14 of those plants were useful,

either as food or medicine.  I didn’t  know any use for the other two at the time, but I’ve since learned that they  also have medicinal benefits.

Besides dandelion, common garden weeds that have  medicinal properties include plantain, shepherd’s purse, bugleweed, docks,

oxalis or wood sorrel, clover, ground ivy, chickweed, nettles, pineapple weed,  yarrow, ground ivy, purslane, chickory, burdock, puncture vine, mullein,  mallows, teasel and thistles.

Many the aforementioned medicinal weeds are also  edible.  Other common edible weeds  include storks bill, lambs quarter, pigweed and salsify.  If the truth be told, many of the weeds  people try to get rid of in their gardens are probably more nutritious than  many of the vegetables they’re trying to grow.

Weeds  as Soil Conditioners

A second thing you should consider about weeds is  that various weeds thrive in differing soil conditions.  In fact, the use of toxic chemicals in your  yard may actually be encouraging the growth of certain types of weeds, which  are there to “detoxify” the soil.  Many  of the weeds that strongly resist chemical poisons, such as thistles (milk thistle  or blessed thistle), dandelion and burdock are used to help rid our bodies of  toxic chemicals.

Several years ago I picked up a couple of great  books from Acres, USA about weeds.  I  learned how different soil imbalances will cause certain weeds to grow.  These weeds are actually trying to correct  soil deficiencies of various minerals or other soil imbalances.  For instance, weeds like plantain and morning  glory grow in soil that is too compact.  They loosen up the soil.

When I looked up the weeds growing in my garden I  learned several things.  First, that  there was not enough organic material in the soil and a lack of enzyme  activity.  I also learned my soil was  deficient in calcium.  As I have adjusted  my soil, the types of weeds growing in my yard have actually changed!  So, weeds can help us learn how to balance  the soil and make it healthier.

If you’d like to learn more about this check out  the article Weed the Soil, Not the Crop at Acres, USA.  You can also pick up a couple of the books I  purchased, Weeds and Why They Grow and Weeds: Control without Poisons.

Weeds  as Teachers

Many of our common garden weeds are not native to  North America.  They followed European  settlers to this land and spread as our culture spread.  Dandelions, for instance, are not native to  North America, but now grow everywhere.  Plantain was called “white man’s foot” by some Native Americans because  it sprung up wherever the white man walked.

These weeds follow us around because they have  things to teach us.  Take dandelion, for  instance.  The flower essence of  dandelion is for people who “over strive and over plan their lives.”  They are tense because they don’t know how to  relax and “go with the flow.”   People  who need dandelion carry too much tension in their body.  They need to learn to be more playful and

easy-going.  Does that sound like a lot  of people you know in our society?  Maybe  it even sounds like you?

Since I love dandelions, I chose them as the  feature herb for this week.  You can read  my article on the many uses for this much-despised “weed” at tree of life.  I also chose the formula Herbal Trace  Minerals, because it contains dandelion as a principle ingredient.

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