Bath and Body, Fibromyalgia, Health, Homesteading, Personal experience

It’s All About the Weeds

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Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) aka Weed

I don’t know how many times over the years I pulled weeds just to find them growing more abundantly than before. One of the biggest jobs a homeowner has is killing weeds so they don’t take over the yard. It can be very frustrating. Too bad most people don’t realize how beneficial those weeds really are.

After having herb gardens on and off for at least 15 or 20 years, I decided I wanted to devote more of my life on learning about them. After all, they seem to be the best thing I grow. I let the pests overtake and kill most of my brand new little vegetable garden. But my herb garden remained healthier than ever.

Do I want to start a little herb business again like I had 15 years ago? I loved that little business! I had a beautiful little herb garden. I made dried spices that I sold, dream pillows, teas, catnip toys, gift baskets. I really enjoyed doing it.

I wanted to do that again! This time, I was going to spend more time learning about herbs and their many health benefits. After all, being on long-term disability due to chronic pain, it would be very beneficial to find out what would help me be more comfortable and healthy.

In my research, I found incredible information, not only about beneficial herbs, but how beneficial those “weeds” are! We are killing the stuff in our yard that can be way more beneficial then the boring, stagnant grass is! Many herbalists say, “grow weeds, not useless grass.” Because weeds aren’t “weeds.” They are herbs that can heal wounds, help the digestive system, strengthen our immune system, stop pain, and so many other things.

Take the above “annoying” weed for instance. It is the plaintain (Plantago lanceolata) (not the banana). See the very defined, straight veins in the leaves, all going straight up and down? That is a distinct characteristic of the plaintain. There is also the Plantago major, which has fuller, rounder leaves. It also has the distinct veins going straight up and down, and has the exact same benefits as this one. This precious, God-given plant can heal cuts, scrapes, minor burns, bee stings, and even draw out a splinter! And we are doing our very best to kill the poor thing.

I have purchased organic plantain seeds (Plantago major)  to grow next Spring so I can continue to make healing salves for my family and friends. I named the salve “Champion” because it is the champion of healing ointments. It is organic, pure, and way healthier to be rubbing into your body than any ointment you can buy in the store. It has plantain-infused olive oil (Plantago lanceolata), St. John’s Wart-infused olive oil (Hypericum perforatum), Witch hazel extract, organic beeswax, lavender essential oil (Lavendula spp. 40/42), and organic Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita).

Champion Healing Salve
Not the best picture, but you get the idea.

I didn’t really plan this post to sell anything, but if you have the need, just let me know through the Contact page, and we will plan a way for you to buy one from me. I only made it for family and friends, and if you’re reading this, you are my friend, so I am more than happy to help you and your family start living a healthier lifestyle.

You would be shocked to know the benefits of other plants growing wild that we normally call weeds. I plan to devote special posts here and there highlighting one of those wonderful weeds, and you will never look at them same way again!

When it comes to our health, it really is all about the weeds.

 

5 thoughts on “It’s All About the Weeds”

  1. I probably wouldn’t make a general statement about weeds like that because there are some that are incredibly invasive and destroy native habitat, because some idiot 200 years ago decided to introduce it. Scotch broom, gorse, and ailanthus are all examples of horrendous weeds that truly deserve the term and that homeowners need to actively monitor and remove.

    (I get what you’re saying, I just wanted to step in and say that not all weeds are beneficial herbs!)

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  2. People would benefit by a knowledge of at least the “basic” “good weeds” such as plantain, burdock, dandelion, and many others. Cheap salad greens, and excellent preventative medicine…but the vital part is learning proper identification, as not all weeds are harmless.

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