they look pale so I know they need iron. I have been giving them pumpkin and they really
like the seeds best of all. The next thing I give them this time of year is this herb that we
have everywhere. It looks just like a weed, but really is quite beneficial. I know I need
lots of greens too, when I am pulling it for the chickens and my mouth waters.
My Herb books says this about Chickweed:
"Chickweed finds its most common use as an external remedy for cuts, wounds and especially for itching and irritations. If eczema or psoriasis causes this sort of irritation, Chickweed may be used with benefit, internally it has a reputation as a remedy for rheumatism."
(Holistic Herbal p. 147)
When I was having my babies, I drank Nettle and Red Raspberry tea. It really is a good herb
My daughter drank it the last trimester last year. I would pick it for her and she would dry it in her
oven at very low tempature over night and drink the tea. It is also very high in iron. The hardest thing
about this is picking it is the sting. But you can make some mud and put it on the sting and it goes away.
My great grandmother was a herbalist. It was just part of taking care of your family. Women in
the 19th century knew as much about herbolgy as they did for sewing and cooking and taking
care of their families.
It makes me sad that this knowledge was lost and not passed down. It still is something
I love to read about. I have been interested in herbs for use in dyeing of wool and fabric. I would
like to put in a tea garden as well as a dye garden. But for now, I just thought I would share the
the beneficial herbs that just grow around my house this time of year.
I hope your Monday is off to a great week!