You never know when you’re going to run out of food and have to start foraging, right? No . . not really but there are herbs/weeds that have medicinal value and I think we’ve (Vince and I) have gotten too attached to buying mass produced supplements, some of which are made from naturally grown, organic herbs but we’ve been wanting to learn more about what grows around here and what we can and cannot use.
Vince has been wanting stinging nettle tea and the stinging nettles haven’t emerged yet. If I’m lucky, I pulled them all up and we’ll never see them again but I don’t think I’m that lucky. He said “Come out to the garden with me and let’s look for stinging nettle!” It’s funny that I’m out there looking for that evil weed to make tea and in a few months, I’ll be cursing it for stinging me every day.
There’s a plant identification group on Facebook and I check with the for anything I’m not sure about.
This one is is marrubium vulgare or white horehound. This one has medicinal value!
This one is lactuca serriola. It gets huge thorns on it later in the season. They will go through the toughest gloves. I hate this plant and, of course, it’s the most common one we seem to have in the garden area. There are some culinary and medicinal uses but I don’t like anything about this plant.
This one is Lamium purpureum and it’s my favorite of the three shown today. There’s a lot I can do with this plant and the chickens love it too. It’s growing all over the yard so every time I go out to see them, I bring them a handful of it. Before it gets to big and mostly stems, I need to pick a bunch of it and freeze dry it.
I’m on the lookout for plantain but I don’t know if I have that growing here or not!