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Eight Garden Weeds That Benefit Your Health

Updated: Mar 12

I love flora, fauna and all things green. From time to time I come across something really interesting, that I would love to share. When I heard about eight garden weeds that benefit your health, I was curious to discover more. I hope you find this article as interesting as I did.

Eight Garden Weeds That Benefit Your Health

The top eight garden ‘weeds’ that benefit your health

By Roy Lamb, pharmacist and co-founder of Nasslor Health Drinks.

When you think of superfoods you probably think of acai berries, chia seeds, or some other exotic plant. Yet, you may be surprised to discover that a wide range of plants common to the UK can provide a whole host of health benefits. You may even find a fair few growing as, weeds in your garden.

So, before you throw all that nutritional goodness in the compost bin, check this list to find out if they could be put to better use in your kitchen.

Nettle (Urtica dioica)

The stinging nettle grows pretty rampantly throughout the UK. But did you know that it contains about as much Omega-3 as spinach, essential amino acid levels comparable to chicken, and a whole host of vitamins, including: 100% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of Vitamin A, up to 50% of Calcium, 20% of Fibre and up to 12% of Iron (1).

To prepare nettles to eat, simply drop them in a pot of boiling salted water for a few minutes to render the sting harmless. Alternatively, you can dry them (using a dehydrator if you have one) or soak them in water for a few days. You can then use them in a variety of recipes, such as nettle pesto or soup, or as an infusion in tea. Alternatively, pick up a can of Emunity ─ a new healthy soft drink that harnesses the healing and immunity-boosting effects of nettle.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita L.)