Rosebay Willowherb aka Fireweed. A common weed that grows in your backyard or around your town or city in empty lots or along the road. This “weed” has some great health benefits! In this article, I will show you what those are and how you can prepare this herb for use. Read on.
Easier Digestion with More Enzyme Production!
Ever change your diet, or eat something you normally wouldn’t and get an upset stomach? I know the feeling. The good news is that there are some great home remedies for upset stomach and Rosebay Willowherb is one of them! It enhances your enzyme production in the stomach lining and pancreas. This enables you to digest those foods you might not normally eat easier. Also, use it for everyday gut health.
Do you suffer from a benign enlarged prostate? Willowherb may be for you! Use the willow herb tea recipe below along with daily walks to help ease the prostate pain.
Sore Throat Remedy
Suffer from frequent sore throats? Make a strong willowherb tea and use it as a gargle to help with inflammation in the mouth and throat!
So Where Do I Find This Herb?
You can find Rosebay Willowherb pretty much anywhere in temporal climates in North America and Europe. It likes to grow out in clearings in the woods, abandoned lots in town, along roads and highways, or pretty much any other open area. It will be much more prevalent out in the county than it will in cities and towns, but that doesn’t mean you cannot find it there. For harvesting, I would recommend that you go out into the country and find some, as it will be much purer than in the heavily populated areas.
Alternatively, you can purchase it online, but the only place I found that sells it is located in the UK. As of this writing, it sells for around $4.00 US and that gets you just under 2 ounces of tea. They do have other quantities available though.
Be careful when harvesting. Ensure that the plants have not been sprayed with herbicide (especially if harvesting along a road or abandoned lot) The ideal location to harvest is out in the woods or field away from industry and potential sources of contamination.
Once you have found a good patch of Rosebay Willowherb, look for plants that have not budded out. You do not really want flowering plants as they are tougher and contain lots of white fluff!
Cut the stem down low on the plant, then take the leaves off and place them in a basket or other means to carry them back with you.
You can either choose to dry them for long term storage or use them fresh to brew tea with.
Willow Herb Tea
To brew a cup of Willow Herb Tea, gather some leaves, fresh or dried. Then follow the recipe below:
- 1-2 teaspoons dried or fresh willowherb leaves
- 1 cup boiling water
Pour water over the herb, steep for 10 minutes and strain. Enjoy up to three cups daily!