Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Ahh the time for spring has arrived and with those April showers, brings pesky weeds that come along with the warmer seasons. But did you know, a lot of those annoying weeds could be used for medicinal uses? I’m going to list for you a couple of very common weeds/herbal plants that you probably see everywhere in the Northeastern areas.
Those most common plant you’ll see are Dandelions. Those sweet little yellow flowers that bumble bees adore and you can’t seem to remove from your lawn.
Did you know, the name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the coarsely-tooth leaved.
You may not know that dandelion is one amazing herb that has been regularly used for medicinal and taste-improvement purposes. It’s one of the oldest surviving plants in the world.
The dandelion (taraxacum officinale) leaves were typically used in popular Chinese and Native American cultures. From boils to diabetes, this herb has been associated with amazing healing properties. It can also be used to make wine and the leaves are often added in salads to add flavor and helps with appetite.
Benefits: Not only is the flower useful, but the root and leaves are as well.
Diuretic: Researchers have found that dandelion can be a relief for urine problems. Liver and bladder problems are also relieved by releasing body fluids with dandelion teas.
Appetite: Dandelion root has long been used to help get an appetite back for those who’ve had a long bout of sickness where you may have put off eating for a long while.