With spring in full force, you may be finding yourself spraying and pulling weeds more often than usual to keep your lawn looking great. What you may not realize is that when you’re tossing those pesky plants, you may actually be disposing of an edible herb or a soothing medicinal leaf. Check out these 13 weeds with versatile uses you may want to think twice about removing.
- Dandelion – This common weed found in almost any yard actually contains a myriad of vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, B, C, D and minerals like Iron, Zinc, and Potassium make this weed a healthy addition to a salad, sandwich, stir-fry, and can even be made into tea or wine.
- Chicory – Though bitter, this light blue flower has roots that can be added into your coffee for a distinct, New Orleans flavor. It is also great for detoxing internal parasites, curing an upset stomach, and helping with constipation.
- Daisies – Next time you have a cough or an upset stomach, brew some daisies into a tea that can be used for an anti-inflammatory and improve health in your gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts.>
- Wood Sorrell – Urinary tract infections and fevers can be treated by this shade-dwelling, shamrock-like weed due to its high level of vitamin C and cooling diuretic properties. Its mild taste makes it great to add to salads or even bake into dishes.
- Purslane – Both edible and medicinal, this weed is chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. These plants can be cooked in soups or stews, and the leaves can even be used to soothe bug bites, bee stings, and hemorrhoids.
- Elderflower – Long used by herbalists to treat the flu, this tree produces flowers that can be used to make tea, soda, and champagne. The later blooming berries can be pickled into capers before ripening, and are great for balsamic vinegar when ripe.
- Wild Garlic – Garlic is known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as tasting great in almost any dish.
- Red Clover – Clover leaves can be added to salads, sauteed, and added to baked meals for a source of vitamins and minerals.
- Plantain – Burn or a sting? Use these leaves for treatment. The smaller, younger leaves are also tasty enough to eat, full of vitamin A, B1, and riboflavin, and can battle sore throats and the common cold.
- Lamb’s Quarters – Similar to quinoa, the black seeds from this weed can add a punch of protein and minerals to your breakfast smoothie or omelet. Leaves can also be brewed into a digestive health tea.
- Wild Amaranth – Also containing seeds rich in protein, wild amaranth leaves can be used in place of any leafy greens and contain grains comparable to oats.
- Sheep Sorrel – To be eaten in small quantities, sheep sorrel is a great source of vitamins and can treat inflammation, diarrhea, and even scurvy.
- Stinging Nettle – Though a skin irritant, the leaves of this plant are full of antioxidants and can be made into tea, soups, and other dishes to battle allergies and act as a diuretic.
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