I went on a very interesting herbal farm tour yesterday. I had an interesting time with a scientist involved in Apitherapeutical and Phytopharmacological Research. At one time this particular 70 acre farm had 370 species of plants to study. A fascinating 3 hour talk on plant research, plant conservation efforts, seed vaults, phytoactives in various plants.....
Anyhooo, the scientist conducting the tour had so many tips on what plants to use daily...
Try growing some Agrimony, folks. The good Dr. told us that he grew up in Hungary and they always used Agrimony Tea (especially in the winter) and know he knew why. I can't remeber all theat he had to say about this plant but this pfaf.org page might be helpful.
So I was bushhogging a pasture a few weeks back and came across a big patch of something new to me. It seemed vigorous and herbaceous, and hearty and I dont know...its just seemed useful. Each time I approached to clear it, I had a near physical reaction against doing so. I relented and decided to research it.
This didnt turn up immediate results so I even posted to deans site asking for foragers to help..no luck.
A friend with a smart phone plant app came over and in a moment, had it pegged as swamp agrimony.
While not quite edible to people, it's usefulness is indeed worth getting to know. Glad I didnt bushhog it. Tea and to tincture have been prepared. I plan to clean it up before it goes to seed.
If anyone wants some cockleburrs, let me know.
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