On Weed Appreciation Day, Here Are Some Healthy Weeds You Should Know Of

Don’t pluck them out just yet, they could be healthy

On Weed Appreciation Day, Here Are Some Healthy Weeds You Should Know Of

Even as most people are talking about weed today, did you know that your garden, your regular flowering pot or wherever you have some amount of green coming up, could potentially hold a variety of healthy and beneficial weeds that you thought had no use at all?

Before you designate the ‘useless’ status to these poor weeds, take a look at what all health benefits they have, and what all could be hiding under your other more important plants.

While all these weeds are generally considered safe and even healthy, it is important to first check with your doctor and then try them out.

1. Chickweed

Wild chickweed
Wild chickweed

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This is more commonly found in gardens and has a good amount of vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and potassium. It tastes a bit like spinach and you can also add it to your salads, soups as well as sandwich filling. In fact, many people also use this to treat minor cuts, wounds and rashes. It is also supposed to act as a mild diuretic and take care of irritable bowel syndrome.

2. Daisies

Daisy tea
Daisy tea

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They not only look pretty but have also been used in tradition Austrian medicines for various health benefits such as taking care of respiratory tract disorder, managing gastrointestinal issues and used for their anti-inflammatory properties. They are also commonly used as a tea brew, but may taste a bit bitter to some.

3. Dandelion

Dandelion flowers
Dandelion flowers

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You may have heard about dandelion tea and if you haven’t tried it yet, it tastes really soothing. It is high in its vitamin A, B, C and D content, and also has iron, zinc and potassium. These are very commonly found in home gardens and backyards. Dandelions have been used in traditional medicine for ages to cure heartburn, loss of appetite and even anxiety.

4. Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettles
Make sure to wear gloves before plucking these

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While the name tells you that they will sting when you try to pluck them, they have been a very popular tea brew since ancient times, when they were used to treat various health problems. These taste a lot like spinach and are especially good to treat cold and joint pain, and also act as a diuretic. These are rich in vitamins A, B2, C and D as well as have a rich store of antioxidants, manganese, calcium, potassium, iron and iodine. You can add these to tea, soups, dips and sauces.

Please remember that weeds can often be confused with some other grass or plant that may not be what you think it is. It is always important to first speak to your doctor, and use them only if you are sure of what they are and their source.

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DISCLAIMER: While we have taken steps to check the accuracy of information & practices shared here; it is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. it is important to first always check with your own doctor before trying any medication, practice or suggestion from this site.