Week of October 14, 2014 - People's Medicine

Monday, October 13, 2014 7:11 PM | Anonymous

Green blessings are everywhere.

I was vividly reminded of this on my recent road trip to Pittsburgh. We drove interstate highways that are some of the major trucking corridors in the US, through stunning scenery, and lots of weeds. It was a long drive, so we stopped often at the well-kept and inviting rest stops, where I could look at the weeds up close. It was clear that, while mowed and groomed, the grounds weren’t sprayed or doused with chemicals, since healing and helping herbs were in multitudes.

This week’s weed walk shares the abundance of medicinal and edible plants thriving in the most common of places: what botanists call “disturbed areas.”

While I obviously prefer to harvest my plants in less disturbed places, I would not hesitate to pluck a plantain leaf from anywhere to put on a bee sting or a scrape. I would not hesitate to chew up a dandelion leaf from anywhere at all to soothe an upset stomach. Healing herbs grow in disturbed places to be of service. When we recognize the powers of the plants in our backyards, the plants rejoice.
Herbal medicine is people’s medicine; it’s the medicine that’s right outside your door.

And green blessings are everywhere.

~ Weed Walk ~

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