Not to mention the clover (not an invasive but still making its way into our smoothies daily while it's fresh and tender)...wonderful :)
Yeah, if you'd told me a few years back that Bermuda would be making its way into my medicinals, I'd have laughed. Trying to consult
I won't elaborate the list or the uses yet until I better organize the information I'm gleaning. But suffice it to say I now consider it safe for my OWN use (meaning don't take my word for it as an endorsement for anyone else's use)...and we've now tried it for three days. No negative side effects and along with the other goodies that go into our Daily Green-n-Berry smoothies we're feeling QUITE good. One of the noticeable differences for Jack was recovering from muscle stiffness and soreness a lot quicker after some exertion digging and hauling things around as the weather now is so very nice.
I will hint and say that Bermuda grass is being researched with preliminary findings showing it can be useful in reducing too-high blood sugars and "bad fat" readings. I think that research is based on aqueous extract, not just picking it and making a tea and such. But the list of possible benefits is lengthy and I always perk up when I find out that a particular "weed" has traditions elsewhere and a history of usefulness.
Which brings me to my firmer rationale about these things called WEEDS. If you have a plant that is hard to kill, loves to establish itself ruggedly in conditions where it perpetuates itself with little or no human intervention or pampering, and is suited to your own locale climate and conditions, what's not to love? Well, some would say everything...some would say these plants just ARE, and compete with cultivated lawns and/or gardens (which they definately do). After years past of having done battle with such things, having thought them "the enemy," I realize I've now Gone Native. I don't care much about those golf course type lawns, or lawns in general. I don't mind a wild-ish garden, and if I want pristine weed-free spaces we can section off limited areas for that without an eradication plan. I do want bio-diversity. I no longer see insects as things to be killed off and rather believe that the riotous overgrown thriving undeveloped land I see around me (the areas that haven't been leveled and scraped of all vegetation by developers only to be blanketed with concrete and sod) are so chock full of SO many plant types, I'd have a hard time identifying all the ones that would fit in a single square foot of ground.
And frankly, it's nicer. The Disney-ish postcard flowerbeds just don't appeal to me as much as the profusion of natural plants that grow without anyone's permission or help, usually. Not that I don't love flowers...I do. But I like wild tangled areas even though I also like some ordered raised beds chock with veg and herbs. I just like the way the natural world spills over with every sort of neighborly mix of plants.
And I'm coming to think that there is use in every kind of plant...some might even be useful to me, but each one's there adding its contributions.
Therefore, we're beginning to see weeds as the survivors...the heroes that overcame and still soldier on. I am convinced many of them hold natural benefits we've often lost the understanding of, forgotten the uses for (<--dangling participles be darned, ha)
Anyway,we're in Weeds 101 self-education. We're determined to identify the plants we see everyday or whose names we don't know, the ones we usually pass by or mow right over. We want to know their uses, among which we'd like to know if they have any medicinal/nutritive benefits for me.
Reading up on the few we've identified so far besides the bermuda, we so far have plantain and pennywort/dollarweed in profusion. Both are wonderful herbal contributors to human health if used wisely.
This is fun! We truly had no idea we had food under our feet, and medicine. Yeah, I know some medicinals, but not up close and personal. I had always relied on the health food store for supplements. We're proceeding slowly and cautiously, but with a lot of happiness. The less reliant we become on a middle man and the closer to our own yard we get, the better we feel about life in general. Jack and I are beginning to feel empowered, if that's not too strong a word for it.
And those smoothies are getting downright spunky :)
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