Edible weeds: bounty of medicinal nutrients?

Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | 27 June, 2019

Weeds, the bane of our existence. The average green thumb will pull them out as soon as possible without a second thought, and why shouldn’t they?

Well, there’s a very good reason why weeds should be shown a little more love. There are certain species of weeds that are even more nutritionally dense than the vegetables growing beside them. Is it possible this entire time we’ve been pulling out not just weeds but instead nutritious plants with medicinal properties?

Kate Wall is a gardening professional with a background in environmental science. Kate’s passion for gardening and edible weeds is evident through her appearances on Gardening Australia, ABC News and in her writing. In Kate’s garden, you’ll find 25 different species of weeds, all edible and all nutritionally dense.

At Endeavour College, students learn the importance of sustainability within herbal medicine. We also use edible weeds to highlight the importance of understanding the basics of botany for accurate identification. As part of our commitment to student learning, Endeavour was joined by Kate Wall in a free and interactive workshop to discuss the nutritional benefits of consuming weeds.

Tanya Morris, Senior Lecturer Naturopathy at Endeavour says, “Students are always excited to learn that those weeds within their gardens and lawns are not only edible and/or medicinal but also free! There is a recognition of the tradition behind modern phytotherapy that occurs when students realise what is all around them can help them and others. There is a healthy pride that comes from a sense of self-reliance with healing that is ignited in this topic."

Within Western Herbal Botany and Manufacturing, students learn the materia medica of medicinal weeds (plants in the wrong place) and begin to understand the enormity of plant resources available all around them. They learn how to prepare plant medicines by considering the most appropriate way to obtain and absorb the healing constituents within the plants.

Endeavour College of Natural Health

Endeavour College of Natural Health is Australia's largest Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses.

The College is known as the centre of excellence for natural medicine and is respected for its internationally recognised academic teams and high calibre graduates. Endeavour offers Bachelor of Health Science degrees and Honours programs in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture and Myotherapy, a fully online Bachelor of Complementary Medicine and  HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage.

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