Could Invasive Plants be Crucial to Our Survival?

Dandelions. Jerusalem artichokes. peppermint. Egyptian onions. Water hyacinth. Kudzu. Pond algae.

What do all these plants have in common? Most of us would consider them to be invasive and a nuisance to be controlled or eradicated.

Some are native to America, some are not. But they thrive wherever conditions are right for them. Why don’t we take advantage of that and make use of them? What if they prove to be crucial for our survival?

The chemicals used to get rid of them are more harmful to the environment than the plants themselves.

Timothy Lee Scott discusses this and more in his book Invasive Plant Medicine: The Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives. It’s this week’s DestinySurvival Amazon Pick of the Week with a 4.1 out of 5 star rating.

We’re constantly changing the world we live in. And it’s been going on since the dawn of time.

Consider the ever popular Kentucky bluegrass. It was brought here from Europe. We don’t think of it as an invasive plant, but it illustrates that extreme environmentalists who think America should be returned to wilderness and native plants have no chance of accomplishing their goal.

Why not acknowledge the value of all plants, invasive or otherwise, and make peace withthem, rather than war? What if invasive plants can benefit the ecosystem and improve biodiversity where they survive, as well as provide good medicine for us?

Invasive Plant Medicine looks at the healing properties of 25 of the most common invasive plants. They can detoxify soils as well as help heal humans.

According to the info about Scott’s book on Amazon, “Each plant examined includes a detailed description of its physiological actions and uses in traditional healing practices; tips on harvesting, preparation, and dosage; contraindications; and any possible side effects.”

When survival is on the line, shouldn’t we know as much about useful plants as we can? What does it matter where they came from or how they got there?

A few weeks ago I raised the question of whether kudzu is useful for survival. You can view that post here.

Water hyacinth is another plant some see as a pest. But what if you could compost it for your survival garden? Would that change your mind about it? The video below shows other examples of constructive ways to use it.

If you’re intrigued by the possibilities of invasive plants for healing, get a copy of Invasive Plant Medicine.

What do you think? Isn’t it time we rethink current attitudes about invasive plants?

Is there an invasive plant in your yard or garden? Is there a way to make use of it? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

 

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