Common Weeds that are Also Good Medicine

Common Weeds that are Also Good Medicine


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You may want to think twice about killing some common and annoying garden weeds once you find out about some of their medicinal benefits.  While many people endlessly debate the effectiveness of herbal remedies, it usually never hurts to try and see if they can be useful when other options are not available.  Let’s look at a few weeds that are thought to alleviate a range of common ailments and conditions.


Shepherd’s Purse
This weed is found virtually all over the world, and it is has been used over the centuries in various forms to treat a number of conditions.  Treatment options range from making teas, oils, homeopathic remedies and consuming the plant raw.  It is is purported to be useful to treat diarrhea, reduce hemorrhaging and soothe ear infections.  People with ulcers, digestive problems, severe menstrual problems, kidney problems and issues with bladder or the urinary tract have reportedly seen improvements in symptoms after consuming Shepherd’s Purse.


Dandelion has traditionally been used to treat liver and kidney problems, boost the immune system, alleviate a variety of skin conditions and lower high blood pressure.  The flower of the dandelion is loaded with antioxidants that supercharge the immune system.  Leaves have been used to increase urine production as well as to increase appetite while improving digestion.  Leaves are also purported to help cleanse the kidneys and improve their function.  Roots are thought to be excellent for detoxifying the liver and gallbladder.   Extracts, tablets, tinctures, teas, powders and dried plants are all commonly available, and it is very easy to make your own remedies at home as well.


Chickweed is most famous for its anti-inflammatory properties.  It is also a natural muscle relaxant that is thought to soothe achy muscles and joints.  Chickweed remedies have been used to relieve constipation as well as to cleanse the blood and promote fat-burning.  Oil from the plant can also be used to soothe minor skin problems including rashes, insect bites and burns.  It is thought that it can soothe sore tender spots if the leaves are cracked, moistened and heated before being applied to the affected area with a damp cloth.


The oil from the flowery part of the yarrow plant was once considered by the military to be more effective than DEET as an insect repellent.  It is also thought that applying the oil to hemorrhoids can reduce bleeding, inflammation and discomfort.  Covering wounds with yarrow was traditionally used on battlefields to slow bleeding, promoting healing and reducing infections.  It is also used to treat colds, fevers, improve circulation and soothe indigestion.  It also opens up the pores and allows heat and toxins to escape from the body.  Chewing on the plant can also help to reduce tooth pain.


Cattails are an essential component of pond ecosystems because they absorb toxins and help to purify water.  Make sure that you consume cattails that come from clean sources in order to enjoy the same benefits.  They are loaded with carbohydrates, healthy fats and some essential proteins that make them a meal in and of themselves.  Dried and ground roots are thought to have antiseptic properties as well as to soothe dental pain.  Roots can also help to promote wound healing and minimizing the discomfort associated with burns, insect bites and rashes.   These are just a few examples of the many benefits of cattails, and there’s loads of information online about how to make the most of this amazing plant.


These are just a few of dozens of weeds that have medicinal properties.  These examples underscore the importance of learning more about how to make remedies to treat various conditions in the field or during a SHTF situation.  Take some time to discover more about these and other plants in order to make the most of what mother nature provides.  You never know when a certain remedy will come in handy.  Having this knowledge can also help to reduce our dependence on the pharmaceutical industry and help us to be more and more self-sufficient.

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