Wild Purslane Prtulaca oleracea (Portulacaceae)

Other Names: pigweed
Traditional Uses:fevers, headaches, chest complaints, skin rashes and abrasions
Magical Uses:
Description: Annual with fleshy stems that grow up to 12 in, bearing fleshy green or red-tinged leaves. Small yellow flowers appear in late summer followed by seed capsules full of tiny black seeds.

Uses: Use leaves fresh and stems cut just above ground level before flowering. An infusion of the green plant is soothing and cooling, given for fevers, chest complaints and headaches, and applied to skin rashes and abrasions.

Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1?

Written by Melanie Hooten

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