When I took my first sip of mullein tea, my whole relationship to weeds—those tenacious, stubborn sprouts in every garden nook—changed forever. The infusion soothed my throat and cleared my head. It turns out many common backyard weeds are exceedingly useful. If you know what to look for, you can find easy pickings packed with curative properties to rival the best-stocked medicine cabinet.
Got indigestion? Aches and pains from kneeling in the garden? Gather weeds! If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em! Or brew them into a tea, grind them into a poultice, turn them into a salve, or stir-fry them up for dinner.
Here, 7 common backyard weeds that you'll no longer be cursing.
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