Wairarapa News : January 9th 2013
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SAVE UP-TO $21.00 SAVE UP-TO $4.00 SAVE $20.00 SAVE $19.00 SAVE UP-TO $14.00 IN STOCk IN STOCk IN STOCk IN STOCk Home & Hozed Greenworld Queen Street north, Masterton HOME & HOZED Christmas Decoration Sale 4641383AK 25% OFF Hurry Last Days Weeds may be good for your health CONTINUED Page 21 By BEN STRANG Herb forager: Ali Sutherland picks weeds from her garden to make herbal medicines. Calendula: Also known as pot marigold. The petals have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Ribwort: The leaves can help stop bleeding and itching. Before getting the weedeater out this summer, it might be worth checking the health benefits of what you could be mowing down. Ali Sutherland, who makes her own herbal products, provides an insight into the medicinal and nutritional uses of some common weeds'' found in the gar- den. We look at five weeds, and how you can use them to improve your health and wellbeing. Before picking out weeds from your garden, make sure they are free of chemi- cal fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides, she says. Ribwort Ribwort is a common site in lawns throughout New Zealand. When fully grown the plant has a stem and flower up to 40 centimetres tall, but it is the leaves of the plant which are good for medicinal use. It's a great first aid plant. If you cut yourself, you can give it a gentle crush, and wrap the leaf around your cut and it will stop bleeding.'' Once crushed the leaf can also be rub- bed on itchy bites to stop itching, and can also be used in cough syrups for its sooth- ing qualities in the chest. It's best to infuse the gently bruised leaves, leaving it to steep for at least four hours before drinking. Calendula Calendula, otherwise known as pot marigold, is an orange flower found com- monly in Kiwi gardens. The petals are the only part of the plant used, best placed into salads for their nutritious qualities, and to brighten up the meal. They are very nutritious. They have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti- inflammatory qualities, and they are also a good soothing kind of flower. They are particularly good for sore throats, tonsilitis, that sort of thing. You can use them fresh in salads or in teas. A strong infusion of Calendula is par- ticularly good for sore throats with swol- len glands, this can be drunk or gargled and can also be used as a mouth wash for inflamed or sore gums.'' Dandelion Dandelion can be hard to pick out sometimes, with some impostors'' in Kiwi gardens. With a single stalk topped with a yel- low flower, the leaves of this weed are good for stimulating the digestive sys- tem. It's really quite bitter, and bitter is something people don't get enough of in their diet anymore. The purpose is to stimulate the diges- tive system, and if you chew on a wee dandelion leaf say 15 minutes before you eat, it stimulates your gastric juices to get going so that every- thing gets broken down better, processed bet- ter.'' Fresh leaves can be placed into salads, and the leaves are also used as a diuretic when drunk as a tea. The roots of the plant can also be dug up in autumn or spring and used as a liver tonic, to help cleanse your liver. Dried dandelion root can be soaked in vinegar for a liver cleanse. Stinging nettle Stinging nettle is a plant with small barbs lined up the stalk of the plant which give a nasty sting when brushed against. Ms Sutherland said stinging nettle has large quantities of iron and vitamin C. It's a real booster, energy booster. Like it gives you a sting, it gives you a zing,'' she said. It's also good for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, because it gives them the nutrition they need, and helps the milk flow.'' The leaves can be used in teas, and is good as a cold tea left overnight due to the sometimes poor taste. Because of the stingers, the best way to remove the leaves is to find a basket and cut the stalk allowing leaves to drop onto the basket.
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