so-called weeds can have useful medicinal effects - here are a
few names and their uses.
Leaves in salad, root as coffee substitute, flowers in
- MEDICINAL: High
in iron, potassium, vitamin A, phosphorus, manganese.
Digestive tonic for constipation and sluggish liver
- OTHER: Compost
– mineral rich.
"Nature's Bandaid" – use leaves for cuts,
stings, insect bites. Psyllium seeds (fall) used as bulk
laxative (as in Metamucil)
- CULINARY: Use
in salad and lightly boiled as vegetable.
MEDICINAL: Poultices for skin irritation,
inflammation, boils, abscesses, itching.
Root as vegetable, early spring stalks edible.
Skin disorders, boils, acne, eczema, psoriasis (root).
Tonic to digestive system. Wound healer.
Dandruff preventative. Compost restores minerals to
- CULINARY: Soups,
stews, tea (leaves). Excellent source of minerals,
MEDICINAL: Rich in iron, phosphorous, potassium, B
complex, vitamin A. Gout, arthritis (eliminates uric acid)
– roots. Stops bleeding, nose bleeds, haemorrhoids.
OTHER: Dandruff control. Compost – incredible
soil enricher. Can make rope from the fibres of the stalk.
One of the first fibres for making cloth.
Respiratory, skin disorders (flowers), coughs, bronchitis,
aids expectoration. Skin conditions, eczema, general tonic
to the body.
Candied flowers, violet syrup. Leaves rich in vitamin C
MEDICINAL: Wound healer. Flower syrup soothes throat.
- MEDICINAL: Cough