Roots of this weed were used in decoction teas to treat menstrual complaints.
Horseweed, or Canadian Fleabane.
Native from North America, this plant made its way all over Europe and many other parts of the world. It may not be the prettiest plant one would choose to keep in the garden, neither is it among the most popular plants in modern herbalism. It was used by most Native North Americans tribes to treat various illnesses, including diarrhea, fever, running nose, rhinitis,but also used to arrest bleedings or to relieve stomach aches, earaches or headaches. Externally, it was made into poultices to treat burns and sore joints. Roots were used in decoction teas to treat menstrual complaints. Dried and burned as incense it was used to ward off insects.
It is an edible plant, especially the young leaves, cooked, can be prepared as a potherb, or used in the same way as other dark greens. Because of its powerful medicinal properties, it should be eaten sparingly, not in large amounts. It can also be dried and used as food spice - it gives an aromatic flavor to dishes.
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