Having grown up on a medicinal herb farm has been such a blessing, maybe sometimes I take it for granted that plants are medicines. I forget that most of the world looks towards dr’s in white coats, and laboratories for medicine. I’m slowly generating a hypothesis that the most common naturally growing “weeds” could the best things to be eating regularly. Taking the paleo trend sweeping society to the next level “Freemium”.
So the other day I took a walk around the farm with my dad, admiring how big and healthy all the herbs were. Then I saw a big patch of weeds fully over grown, going to seed and looking ugly compared to the sculpted and manicured medicine gardens. Knowing my dad would not that happen lightly, I asked, “What are you growing in that patch of weeds?”.
That simple question spawned into a full blown educational download on the two particularly useful but unheard of herbs, classed as weeds, that were running rampant. Apparently when these two house hold garden weeds are combined and activated in an acidic solution (i.e. with fresh juice of lemon) it creates a freemium herbal, free hunter gatherer solution to treating lymes disease.
(This statement has not been verified, I’m just passing on the information that I gathered from my medicinal herb farming friend of 10+ years, my dad. Do your own experiments on your health journey, become friends with and know thyself and experience the effects of your own causes.)
Lymes disease is known to come from a Tick bite, two common household weeds that Ticks live on before jumping on humans, could hold the anti-venom, the cure to lymes disease.
Could this weed carry the cause and cure for lymes disease?
This common weed grows in a wide variety of habitats. Cobbler’s pegs (Bidens pilosa) is well known as a weed of gardens, parks, crops, pastures, roadsides, disturbed sites and waste areas, but it also invades waterways, rainforest margins, open woodlands and coastal sites (particularly in warmer regions). For this reason it is also regarded as an environmental weed in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT.
Is a native, short-lived perennial, subshrub in the Family Malvaceae (The Mallow Family). It grows in disturbed areas to a height of 50 to 120 centimeters. It has erect to sprawling branched stems with woody lower sections, and a taproot with many lateral roots.
There are many uses for this plant. The high quality fiber in Indian hemp stems is used as rough cordage. The plant has been used for herbal medicines. Pounded leaves relieve swelling, fruits relieve headaches, and roots are used to treat rheumatism.
Check out what Wikipedia has to say about Sida rhombifolia
- Finely chop the Demon spike grass and the and the Indian Hemp,
- Freshly squeeze lemons (enough to create and acidic solution of water in your pot),
- Add chopped weeds to the pot,
- Allow up steep over night, (low heat and stirring may aid in producing a stronger medicine).
Dad Recommends a Daily Dose of One Pot.
You get to decide the size of the pot 🙂
Consume, drink, chew, swallow… and please provide valuable feedback of your experience, to help others on their health journey.
Now we just need someone to try it out, a guinea pig with lymes disease to try the challenge and provide feedback as it’s effectiveness.
Could a new lymes disease treatment be growing in your backyard?
This post is dedicated to Amy Southorn