Weeds: Eat, Pray and Love Them
What do you do with weeds?
EAT as many weeds as you can stomach.
PRAY they don’t take over your lawn or garden.
Weeds are some of the most powerful, vigorous, and nourishing plants on the earth. Wouldn’t we all like to “grow like a weed”?
If you would bother to walk out to your lawn or garden, you can probably find enough weeds to solve many of your health problems.
- Dandelion leaves for example have much more nutrition than any of the lettuces you can buy in the supermarket and most of the other greens also. It’s at a great price too! FREE!
- Dandelion Root is considered one of the most useful herbs available in Chinese Medicine. It feeds and cleans the liver which deals with almost every function in your body. Clean up your liver and you will enjoy more energy, mental clarity and probably lose weight in the process.
- If you have heard about resveratrol and all of its benefits, there is a weed that has much more of the nutrient than red grapes – the Japanese Giant Knotweed. This plant is so voracious that it can overcome just about any native growth in just about any growing situation. Farmers in Japan and the UK wage fierce battles with this plant. It has been respected in China and Tibet as a medicinal herb for 2,000 years.
You can read about my various adventures eating weeds in Dandelion Madness.
What weeds do you eat and why?
Pray For Weeds:
Weeds are so vital they don’t need any help, divine or otherwise, to thrive.
Most of MY prayers are in the opposite direction: that they don’t overcome my lawn or garden before I can deal with them, whether by eating them or pulling them.
Of course I do not use chemical herbicides (plant-killers).
My main nemesis in this category is the Canadian Thistle. I’ve tried to eat them (The Man Who Ate Thistle), I’ve tried to pull them (Good Weed Bad Weed), but they still are out of control. So much so that the plant sheriffs in my farming region keep leaving nasty notices!
Which weeds do you pray for escape from?
Love is a strong word. In my case I am mostly referring to appreciation of these hardy souls.
You have to admire the energy and drive and intelligence of these plants.
Have you noticed how dandelions can read your mind? They know if you are going to mow your lawn or not! If you are going to mow they will grow very short but if you don’t mow that area they will stand tall.
Dandelion flowers also look so beautiful, especially when you are young, or when they are in someone else’s property. I guess I have to admit I also love the taste of many different weeds as well.
Perhaps if we could learn to appreciate weeds more and adjust to their potential we could thrive as well.
Maybe if we could be more adjustable in general and not try to control our environments so much we could live better lives?
Which so called weeds do you love to have in your life?