Medicinal / Edible Weed 6 (summer)

These three weeds are all mint family.  They just started growing at many places in our yard!

Ground Ivy
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Round and scalloped shape leaves, which is a little similar to common mallow (but mallow is not ivy and has more subtle shaped leaves) and have lovely purple flowers which attract beneficial insects for gardens. The ones in my yard haven’t gotten flowers yet. They are edible, have medicinal uses, and some magical uses too!
Tea, tincture and small amount of juice are good for cold, cough, migraine, headache, sinus congestions as it contains lots of Vitamin C (and extra magical powers help too).  Good for kidneys so it purifies blood as well. You might taste too much bitterness tea itself so add some sweetness in your tea if you like.  Helps for your depression too.
Ground Ivy is about serenity and friendship, that sounds kind of opposite but it must just mean love.  I’ve noticed all the plants seemed to have some kind of love power but this one sounds like trustworthy and it’s grounded.

Purple Dead Nettle

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The leaves, stem and flowers can be eaten raw and cooked.  It is very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins and fiber. Drinking dried leaves tea helps flushing out the kidneys and promotes perspiration.  And some say fresh leaves tea is used as laxative and tonic.  Also good for menstrual problem for women and the freshly brewed leaves can heal external cuts.

Self Heal / Heal-all
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It contains fatty acids, bitter principle, volatile oil, flavonoids, vitamins A, B, C and K. It has antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, immune stimulant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Traditionally internal use as tea was used as a gargle for sore throats, mouth throat, and was good for fevers. This herb is also used in making ointments that could heal wounds, cuts, inflammations and skin infections.  My boyfriend has just twisted his neck this morning and also has muscle aches in his palm so I made some Self Heal tea and poultice to put on.  We will see if it works!

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