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I was doing some research on herbs and found out that there are some weeds that have healing properties as well. Here's the article I found https://offgridskills.wordpress.com/blog/ Does anyone else know of any weeds that can be used for medicinal purposes. I want to stat a weed garden in my backyard. Please Help.
 
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Weeds are just plants growing where you don't want them to grow. Herbs can be thought of as culinary and medicinal.

400 medicinal herbs

another good herb list

Those should give you what you are looking for.

Herbs do best when planted in like kind groups.

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Lex, the first link that you posted just shows a blank page at word press and the second link is a book for sale?

There are many threads here at permies that can share medicinal weed information for free.  Try browsing in the wild harvesting forum https://permies.com/f/8/wild-harvesting and the medicinal herb forum https://permies.com/f/9/medicinal-herbs

Have you identified any of your weeds so you can research more specifically?
 
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What I have been doing is identifying all the plants that are growing on my property and what their medicinal properties are and if they are edible.

I have lots of plantain and stinging nettles of what both have lots of medicinal uses.

Do you know what plants grow in your region?
 
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Most of that information is in the Fox Fire books that I have had since they were first printed.
I know of at least 10 books with the old remedies (two are by Amish healers)
If you like that particular book, then it is a good one.
 
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We have some threads that might be of interest to you:

https://permies.com/t/86429/kitchen/Herbs-Weeds

https://permies.com/t/5345/kitchen/Invasive-Plant-Medicine

https://permies.com/t/30869/kitchen/Purslane-nutritious-medicinal



Here is a thread for nettles:

https://permies.com/t/52035/kitchen/Nettle-allergies



https://permies.com/t/86542/kitchen/Plantain-poultice

And Everyone loves dandelions:

 
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Considering that the typical western diet is chronically deficient in vegetables, pretty much any edible plant could be considered medicinal. All the better if it grows without much attention.
 
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You might find this useful.

Eat the weeds.
 
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I recently stumbled across this book, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival by Katrina Blair. The great thing about this book is that these weeds grow on every continent, so the information is relevant no matter where you are. The not so great thing about this book is that there's a lot of talk of her personal (sometimes bordering on the uninformed and insensitive) philosophy at the start. I've only read the first bit, but it seems like there's some good stuff in here, complete with recipes, medicinal guides, and more. The thirteen weeds in question are:
  • amaranth
  • chickweed
  • clover
  • dandelion
  • dock
  • grass
  • knotweed
  • lambsquarter
  • mallow
  • mustard
  • plantain
  • purslaine
  • thistle.
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    Branden On wrote:I recently stumbled across this book, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival by Katrina Blair. The great thing about this book is that these weeds grow on every continent, so the information is relevant no matter where you are.


    I second this recommendation. I've eaten many medicinal "weeds" straight out of my garden & on hikes based on this book. I've also used many of the recipes in it. My partner & I created a podcast with Katrina recently which profiles her story & some of the plants & their uses. You can listen to it free-of-charge: Wild Wisdom, Wild Weeds - Katrina Blair
     
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    I didn't see it listed on a quick browse through.  So I will bring up my personal favorite, yarrow.  Anytime I cut myself to where I need to apply pressure, I am running out to the garden. It is really good at stopping bleeding and is full of antiseptic properties.  Caution to those with ragweed allergies.
     
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