Curly Dock and Yellow Dock

 

Yellow dockRumex Crispus

This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. I have posted this for informational and educational purposes. Know your plants if in doubt don’t . Some parts of plants are edible while other parts can be lethal.

There are many species of yellow dock but the one most are familiar with is R. Obtusifolius. It has many benefits from detoxing, providing much needed nutrients especially minerals. The young shouts and leaves can be eaten but become high oxalate when they get older especially when the stems start turning red. Oxalates can cause severe damage in the body and even death. It is why I mainly use the root and only eat the stems once in a while when they are very young. Young first years roots taste good cooked in butter they have kind of a nutty flavor. When they get older they get tough and bitter. I use second year roots to make tea. So separate the seeds from the husk and use them to make flour. I have not been successful with that. I did see a video on Youtube were a young man used a food processor with a dough mixing blade on it to separate them and then put them on a tray an place a fan by them to blow the husk away and it seemed to work pretty well. The health benefits of the root is pretty astounding to me. There are other types of dock with similar benefits but in my area Yellow Dock is the most common. Most Docks have cross bread and share the similar benefits. R. Obtusifolius or very common and have cross bread so much you can barely tell them apart.

https://www.ediblewildfood.com/yellow-dock.aspx

https://www.mommypotamus.com/yellow-dock-root-benefits-uses/

The leaves are so high in oxalates eating them can be fatal.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2238449

The seeds have antifungal properties.

http://jjmicrobiol.com/en/articles/13733.html

It is a good source of antioxidants.

http://www.sciencedomain.org/abstract/16950

Helps with just about every illness it is even good for detoxing.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26384001

Since most Yellow Dock has cross bread with Curly Dock I am going to include studies on it.

Has renal protective effects.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5424563/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960894X13005404?via%3Dihub

Contains nepodin which helps with diabetes

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24756979

Nepodin malaria

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12272-013-0055-0

Protects DNA and fights cancer.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3506869/

The fruit protects from oxidative stress.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20623623

The root prevents bone loss so would help with osteoporosis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5657118/

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Purslane a super food.

 

 

Portulaca Oleracea

Purslane is a super food it has almost all the nutrients the body needs including fats needed by the body. It is slightly tangy in the morning but after the sun has hit it the tangyness goes away and it has a nutty flavor when cooked. I love it raw in salads and it is great in stir fries. It is very high in mucilage so can be used to thicken soups. It is an unusual plant because when broken off the detach branch can form seeds. It is one of my favorites and I grow it in big quantities because of the many uses it has.

http://www.ediblewildfood.com/purslane.aspx

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/purslane.html

It has many health benefits, it is anti ulcerative, fights cancer, reduces oxidative stress, helps with diabetes, fights cancer, and reduces inflammation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4321094/

It stimulates insulin secretion.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5974063/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29514130

It enhances glucose uptake.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29341802

Fights inflammation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29685654

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27396870

Is hepaprotective.

http://www.eurekaselect.com/160877/article

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5749558/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4399094/

Helps with colitis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29579933

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4891426/

Enhances cognitive function.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28363525

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19879120

Reduces lung inflammation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5641415/

Contains Alpha Linolenic Acid and Omega 3 fatty acids.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28732439

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3934766/

Fights cancer.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28714363

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27911090

Helps with asthma.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5316266/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4376287/

Is neuroprotective.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5126344/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27731637

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0001-37652016005010109&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en

Hmmm same thing that is used in vaccines is used to damage the brains of rats. Well Purslane helps with that also.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26563420

Reduces blood pressure.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26854844

antimicrobial.

http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/20/9/16375

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26904730

Inhibits hepatitis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25871297

Helps with osteoporosis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4501198/

https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/bpb/38/1/38_b14-00567/_article

Reduces oxLDL

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25442258

Fights fatigue.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296504

The list of benefits goes on and on. It is one amazing plant.

Knotgrass

Polygonum Aviculare

This is not medical advice it is for information and educational purposes. If in doubt don’t, please make sure you know your plants before using them.

Also known as knotgrass. Usually used to make tea. In Japan it is used in soups and crushed and used in many other dishes. It has oxy radical scavenging abilities.

http://www.ediblewildfood.com/knotgrass.aspx

https://medievaldigger.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/spring-is-coming-and-so-is-the-knotgrass-an-herbal-wound-cleanser/

It can scavenge peroxynitrate which cause a lot of damage in the body especially to the bladder and blood brain barrier. It reduces oxidative stress.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24270289

https://scielo.conicyt.cl/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0716-97602006000200010&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en

Prevents artherosclerosis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24370878

Slows aging because it is high in Juglanin

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24638927

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24519811

Helps with asthma and COPD.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5814568/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5881803/

High in Juglanin which inhibits cancer.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5706842/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27899257

Is neuroprotective.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29136779

Juglanin is hepaprotective.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27261609

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21783944

Promotes healing.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26929003

Has antimicrobial properties.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3730555/

Reduces fibrosis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10706393

Wild Violet

Viola

This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. It is for information and educational purposes. If in doubt don’t make sure you know your plant before you use them.

Their are many species of wild violet but their nutrients and phytochemistry is pretty much the same.

Viola Biflora, Viola Canina, Viola, V. Labradorica, V. Odorata, V. Rostrata, and V. Sororia are the ones I am familiar with. They all taste the same to me. I love them it is one of my favorite wild edibles. I could eat wild violets daily. They have similar nutrients as dandelion only higher levels of them.

http://www.ediblewildfood.com/wild-violet.aspx

https://thesurvivalmom.com/enjoy-wild-violets/

The viola species have hepaprotective properties.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5217637/

They reduce inflammation and an over active immune system.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3918579/

Reduces coughing

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25954025

Phytochemicals that are good for the heart and oxidative stress.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23035206

Reduces oxidative stress.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4967839/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26751970

Is nueroprotective.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27516984

Anti inflammatory.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17983197

Fights cancer

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4163403/

Fight bacterial infections.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20558471

Reduces histamines

http://www.thepab.org/files/2017/March-2017/PAB-MS-160199.pdf

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874113005941

Is high in mucilage which heals the gut. It is so high that when I make tinctures they come out like a gel.

https://thenaturopathicherbalist.com/herbs/v-z/viola-tricolor/

Ironweed, Veronia species of flowers.

 

 

Written by Lee Stevenson. Sorry I am a lousy editor. This is not medical advice this is for educational and informational purposes. If you are ill please seek the help of a knowledgeable naturopath or other professional.

Veronia Noveboracensis known as New York Ironweed is the one I am familiar with. Most of the Veronia species contain Vernolid A which has been shown to inhibit cancer. V Noveboracensis does not contain as much as the others. This is the only species I have seen in person.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21256125

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22176676

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21649480

Veronia Amygdalina and V. Cinerea were the most potent of the Veronia species.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23395623

V Amygdalina reduces oxidative stress and helps with diabetes.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4295350/

V Cinerea can help with nicotine addiction.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25857233

V Amygdalina can reduce oxidative stress.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26196573

V amydalina is hepaprotective.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25553678

Have not seen toxicity studies on the other Veronia species but V. Cinerea shows no toxicity.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20645763