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Weeds that You’ll Want to Keep

I am always fascinated when I come across some interesting fact or info nugget. Do any of you come across those fun emails titled “25 ways to use lemons” or stuff like that? Me? Love them!

Yesterday I came across an article on thefutureofhealthnow about a weed that I am all-too familiar with: the plantain

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Evidently plantains act as an astringent and are also great at drawing toxins out of the body – so you can grind the leaves and put them on mosquito bites, bee stings, acne (?!), and splinters.

From the article: “Plantain is renowned for its healing effect on the digestive system. This is especially useful for anyone who has been damaged by antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or pain medications, food allergies, or Celiac disease. Both leaves and seeds specifically target the digestive system for healing. The leaves may be steeped as tea, added to soups, or dried with a sauce similar to kale chips. The seeds – a type of psyllium – can be ground or soaked for bulk mucilage or absorbable fiber, which, consumed before meals, may help with weight loss.”

Who knew? I see plantains all over the place and usually just pluck them out of the cracks in the sidewalk.

Now if only I could figure out some useful ways to utilize the abundance of pricker plants in the yard, I’d be set! πŸ˜‰

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New pepper sighting! Fingers crossed this one doesn’t get eaten by the bugs!

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Coasting strong to the long weekend. Anyone have any fun plans for the 4th? We’re not sure what we’ll do yet but I’m sure it will involve fabulous food, family, and fireworks.

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One Response

  1. Did you know the pricker plants are related to the artichoke?

    I will be working some on the 4th, unfortunately. But at least it is at home!

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