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Eat Your Wild Greens! Cleanse and Nourish Your Body with Wild Herbs

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 1 views
by Anne Salazar-Dunbar, Therapeutic Herbalist

Wild greens have long been valued for their ability to restore vitality, detoxify and nourish. Being one of the most alkalinizing foods they also help regulate proper body pH. And their potency is superior to farm-raised foods, because they have to sustain and survive in the wild.There are many ways to incorporate spring's abundance of wild weeds into your daily diet.Supplement your own lettuce with wild greens to give an ordinary salad a mineral boost.Dandelions are a particularly nutritional spring treat, providing loads of highly assimilable minerals and antioxidants. Because it is high in vitamins and iron, this herb is useful for treating anemia. A bitter, appetite stimulant, this herb increases production of bile to help relieve constipation, gallstones, hemorrhoids and IBS. Dandelion leaves can be chopped finely and added to salads. You can also add flower petals to salads, soups and stir-fries for a dash of spring color.Nettles are another wild weed abundant in nourishment! This is largely due to nettles copious amounts of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese and silicon. Not only that, they are one of the highest plant sources of iron and vitamins such as C, beta carotene and even protein. Nettles lose their sting when cooked. They can be used instead of spinach in most recipes. A great idea is to substitute blanched nettle for basil in your favorite pesto recipe. Just blanch the fresh nettle in boiling water for a minute (this removes the "sting"), drain and roughly chop. You can also try steamed nettles dressed in a lemon vinaigrette and crumbled feta. Yum!And don't forget- nettle makes a delicious tea!In addition to dandelion and nettle, here are some wild weed options to try: Chickweed, Sorrell, Catnip, Plantain, Dock, Violets, Lamb's- quarters and Purslane.Make sure when harvesting these plants, that you are finding them in a clean, non-polluted (sprayed, etc.) environment. And also be sure to only take what you need, and leave plenty left so that it can continue to thrive there.Go wild and stay healthy!

Anne is a second generation native San Diegan, and mother of three. She is a certified clinical herbalist with training and experience in both Western and Eastern modalities. She is a graduate of Self Heal School and the East West School of Herbal Medicine. Along with a private practice specializing in women and children (though not exclusive to them), Anne also teaches classes in herbal medicine and nutritional health. In addition she works as the Lead Practitioner at Pharmaca, La Jolla. She is happy to join the Natural BabyPros team, and to assist our membership in finding balance in their health, and learning how to use herbs and nutrition for the overall well-being of themselves and their families.

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