It is full on weed season around here. After 8 years of living in our house and not using any weed or feed, our yard this year is looking pretty atrocious. Weeds are everywhere. There is far more weeds than there is grass.
Those weeds used to really bother me, but after a little research, I realized my yard is full of healing herbs!
Do they drive you crazy? The weeds in my yard used to drive me nuts. Pre-life-with-baby days, I would spend hours upon hours weeding my flower beds and my entire lawn. I have a pretty big lawn and I would go through and pick them all out. Every single last one. I would not stop until they were all gone.
We have never used weed or feed or any type of fertilizer. I wanted my yard to be chemical free for ourselves, our dog and now our toddler daughter. But no chemicals= lots of weeds.
There is not much weed pulling going on in my post-baby-life. I can barely keep up with the laundry and getting a home cooked, healthy meal on the table every night, let alone weed my damn yard. But this year, I realized my weeds are beautiful. And healing.
But last year, I realized my weeds are beautiful. And healing.
I have done a little research and realized I have Shepard’s Purse, Chickweed, Dandelion and Nettle in my yard!
All these years I could have been making herbal teas and tinctures, but instead I was neurotically picking them to keep my yard perfect.
At least pulling weeds is good exercise!
This year I am going to actually try my hand at using these herbs.
If you do want to make some herbal teas and tinctures, the first thing you need to do is dig up the roots of your “weeds.”
Then wash off the roots and set them out to dry in the sun or dehydrate them in a dehydrator (this is the one I have) for about 6 to 12 hours. Then you ground them into a powder and can use them in cooking or to make a tea.
Do you have lots of weeds in your yard? This time of year, I bet you do! Have you ever made teas or tinctures with herbs or “weeds” in your garden?