There is a natural order and a reason why nettles, cleavers and dandelions grow so abundantly in our gardens. It is because we need them as medicines so much!
If only everyone knew how helpful they are for our health and well being we would be harvesting them to use rather than discarding them as weeds.
They are particularly helpful at this time of year to support our spring cleaning.
✨✨✨Remember to be sure they are who you think they are before you eat them!✨✨✨
Cleavers (Galium aparine)
The name cleavers refers to its ability to cling to clothing and fur and you might know this plant as “sticky willies”.
It is a powerful blood purifier and supports the body cleanse by moving the lymph and increasing urine production. It is used especially in conditions when congestion of lymph tissue is causing pathology.
The fresh juice is best (1-3 teaspoons three times a day) and it can also be eaten as a vegetable.
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
It is likely nettle has gotten your attention before and is known for its sting. That’s why it is best harvested with gloves on 🙂
If you do get a sting look out for a dock leaf or plantain leaf and rub the area to relieve it. Nettle shoots can made into a yummy, nutritious juice or soup and later as it grows taller it can be dried and used as a tea. The shoots are best picked early spring as they pop up and the aerial parts right up until July. After this nettle can be helpful as a mulch and plant food due to its high mineral content.
Nettle has a high content of…
vitamins e.g. vitamin C
iron (vit C increases ability to absorb iron so nettle has an excellent combination)
It is another amazing herb for spring cleansing. It acts as a blood cleanser and diuretic making it excellent when a build up of waste products are causing an issue such as in arthritic and skin conditions. It helps strengthen our natural resistance and is known to be a great medicine for those with hypersensitivity conditions such as asthma, eczema and hay fever.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Another spring cleaning super hero! For full article please see link
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