Published October 2019
There’s No Such Thing As A Weed by Dorje Root, RH (AHG) Roots & fruits
by Dorje Root, RH (AHG)
What do herbalists do in the fall when flowers have gone by and plants are dried and withered? We dig roots and gather seeds and berries, of course! In the fall the energy of the plant goes back into the roots, having already produced seeds, and so it’s ideal for digging up roots.
When you dig the root you of course kill that plant, so consider carefully which plants can handle having their numbers reduced. It’s not so crucial with the so called invasive weeds. Much more so with natives that are not easily cultivated and whose numbers may already be in danger from over-harvesting. Let’s commit to being guardians of the medicinal plants in our area, and protecting those stands that are so easily decimated.
Dandelion roots make a great tea, tincture or even capsules for healing the liver. It’s a great liver tonic, so helpful for any kind of liver stress or toxicity. And in this day and age we all have liver stress and toxicity! Dried, roasted dandelion roots make a great coffee substitute, or addition to coffee. They still retain most of their medicinal properties as well. Roast the roots in the oven at a low temperature until they are brown and crispy.
Mullein roots have been used for bed wetting in children and incontinence in older people. The best time to harvest is after the first year, before the plant sends up a stalk and blooms.
Nettle roots can be helpful for enlarged prostate.
Burdock root is great to eat in stir-frys or stews. It’s also a lovely cooling liver herb. Although I haven’t seen burdock growing here in Crestone, it does grow in other parts of Colorado.
Have you ever heard of a hori hori? A hori hori is a great tool for digging roots. It’s a Japanese “weeding knife”. Look for it online, in garden stores or hardware stores.
When digging roots, make sure you know what plant it is. It’s easier to make mistakes when the greenery has died back. Clean and dry the roots thoroughly. It’s good to chop the roots before they’re fully dry as some become too hard to chop later.
Dorje Root, RH (AHG) is an herbalist and natural healer, also working with Plant Spirit Medicine, Intuitive Energy Healing and ‘The Journey’ cellular healing. For an appointment call 719-937-7786 or visit www.rootsofhealing.com.