Yellow dock
Yellow dock

Wild Edibles/ Medicinals Growing on my Farm

Comfrey has several medicinal actions. it is known as a vulnerary and as an astringent.  These properties make it useful in the healing of minor wounds, both internal and external. Comfrey can be used for minor injuries of the skin, where it will work to increase cell production, causing wounds to heal over rapidly.

Stinging nettle is a large perennial.  This plant has sharp hairs that break easily and can irritate or sting when touched.  However, it is a vitamin-rich food source as well as a remedy for various medical conditons.

I was taking a class on Wild Edibles and Medicinals many years ago.  As the teacher was discussing the benefits of stinging nettles, it filled 4 pages of my notebook.  This is a plant that my body needs was my conclusion.  When I got home from the class, my neighbor Greta was waiting in the driveway with a trunk full of plants for me -  Stinging nettles.  My conclusion? - God knew I needed them! 

 In early Anglo-Saxon and European folk medicine, stinging nettle was used to treat rheumatism, influenza and gastrointestinal and urinary tract disorders.  In some cases, the plant would be used to make a medicinal tonic. And the leaves and stems were applied to the skin to treat muscle or joint pain.  

Yellow dock (curly dock) Yellow dock is an herb. The young leaf stalks are used in salads, and the more mature leaves are used for cooked greens.   The root and fruits are used as medicine. Yellow dock is used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of nasal passages and the respiratory tract, and as a laxative and tonic. It is also used to treat bacterial infections and sexually transmitted diseases.


Garlic Mustard - Edible Parts

Leaves in any season can be eaten but once the weather gets hot, the leaves will taste bitter. Flowers can be chopped and tossed into salads. ... Garlic mustard roots taste very spicy somewhat like horseradish.