The other day i mentioned finding Shepard's purse and chickweed in my yard: both edible and somewhat tasty to both myself and my chickens. I haven't actually tasted them yet, but plan nibbling before i toss next time i'm weeding the lawn.
Today, i was quite surprised to learn that a rather aggressive, irritating weed is both medicinal and good for ailments i suffer from! My step-mama commented on the weed looking like one used in mattresses in days of old, and it in fact is related. This particular weed is known by a ton of different names, one of which is Cleavers. Apparently you can make a tea or tonic of this weed that is good as a diuretic, as a poultice, as treatment for psoriasis, urinary problems, weight loss and high blood pressure. Pretty awesome! This weed is all over the neighborhood, including my back yard. I think my next project will be to harvest and steep some (to use as a hair/skin tonic) - and dry some to take as a weight loss supplement.
Or i'll just remind myself that this is a project worth trying SOME time and just lay in my hammock in the warm (not yet oppressively hot) sun before the mosquitoes descend in full force. ;)
Looks like Galium is about to flower. Better do something with it soon!