Wild Weed Wisdom

Nurture Your 'Inner Wild' with Foraged Edible and Medicinal Plants

Follow That Weed!

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I’ve been out taking heaps of photos the past few weeks, aiming to capture the first signs of Spring, and I decided to follow them through all four seasons as well. So, this year I’ll be following as many plants as I can manage, so we can practice identifying them in all stages of development. It can be really helpful – and immensely rewarding – when you discover you can identify plants even before they flower, or from the dried stalk.

Speedwell (Veronica officinalis)

This tiny little flower is actually a power-house of healing and has many healing properties, but especially is known for it’s ability to help with digestion, and to remove plaque and mucus from the blood vessels and intestines. Good for cholesteral.
There is so much more to say, so I will definitely be coming back with more information… suffice to say, keep your eyes open for this beauty and get down on your knees for a better look! This is a really small flower!!!

As I go, I’ll  be adding more information about special properties of the plant, recipes, habitat and so on. Sometimes I might just post a photograph. At the moment, teaching small groups or one-to-one is my preferred way of sharing… If you can make it to a weed walk, workshop, or event, that’s the best way – get down on your knees to really look at the plant; smell it, smell the soil in which it grows, feel the leaves and stem, perhaps draw it, meditate by it, and, if safe to do so, taste it. This is how one becomes friends with our plant allies.Image

Remember, if you do plan to forage for food, herbal medicine, or any other wild plant product, please follow the rules of safety, respect, responsibility and ethical harvesting and use of these plants. See here for some guidelines.

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Author: It's a Wild Thing

Nature-crazy forager sharing a love of wild medicinal & edible plants & a passion for all wild things. Events & classes on sustainable foraging, bringing the wild into your life & nature therapy: itsawildthing.com

2 thoughts on “Follow That Weed!

  1. Thank you so much for posting this with a picture of the flowering plant! I was going to pull this from the flowerbed around my house, but hated the idea of pulling this delicate flowering ground-cover. I now have just enough of an excuse to leave it where it is.

    • Hey that’s great news – lucky you!
      We just gave a workshop today called, “Embrace Your Weeds,” and this little fella in your garden is a perfect example of it. A good way to make use of it is to collect the flowering tips to make a tea or tincture – for a tea you can just pick a few springs each morning or evening for a hot cuppa. It is a good spring tonic and here’s what Maria Treben had to say about it – lots of info for you and I hope you find it helpful (would love to hear about how you end up using it); http://www.mariatrebenherbs.com/?pid=55&sid=84:SPEEDWELL

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