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MnE 30 Joe Pye Weed

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MnE 30 Joe Pye Weed

Postby froglevel » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:59 pm

Eupatorium purpureum – This plant is so useful it deserves its own thread. A cool looking plant, well over 10ft tall, big leaves. Easy to spot at 100yrds. Lots of gardeners grow it as well. The leaves on the stalk are whorled, a bunch of leaves opposite each other.

Tommie Bass used the root to treat type 2 diabetes for decades. He also used it to treat kidney and bladder disease, prostate problems and kidney stones and for rheumatic pain.

Sorry but I don’t have his dosage or prep. I do know the whole root is used, collected and dried in late summer. Leaves are collected and dried just as it starts blooming.

These days many herbalists use it for the same conditions, chronic urinary tact problems plus the leaves reduce fevers and body aches that accompany colds and flu.

This plant is a must for a long term survival situation along with hydrangea. These plants help with type 1 & 2 diabetes.

There is another plant used for type 2 and I already posted it. I didn’t mention the blood sugar influence because I don’t know the detail. I was only interested in its excellent effect on high blood pressure the day it was discussed out in the woods.

MnE 04 Huckleberry - http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... ice&dbid=8

“Blood Sugar Benefits -They have shown that blueberries (along with other berries) have a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation in persons already diagnosed with blood sugar problems.”

You don’t have to wait for berries, the inner bark contains the same chemical compounds. Also helps reduce swollen prostate.

I know diabetes is a major concern for so many people. If I knew details on these plants I would certainly share them. A lot of us are going to be shooting blind in a collapse but knowing what plant to look for in a desperate situation is a real good start.

I like so many was taught to see the doctor then go to the drug store. The drug store has what will heal you. I still believe that only the location of the store has changed. It’s now in the fields and woods I walk every day!
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Joe P in bloom, August
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Young Joe Pye, early June here.
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Re: MnE 30 Joe Pye Weed

Postby TaffyJ » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:45 pm

Funny, that's not the Joe Pye weed I know. Maybe its a little different where I am. But I love the stuff and so do the beneficial insects. Joe Pye and goldenrod is blooming all over my land right now. Bees of all sorts are all over it. I love to stand next to it and watch all the different busy creatures gathering from it. Mine gets so huge that the dog naps in the shade of it. Cool plant!
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Re: MnE 30 Joe Pye Weed

Postby froglevel » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:00 pm

I've read there are several dozen plants that go by the common name joe pye. That's why I'm careful to use the latin name. If you run a google image search with latin name you'll get much better photo's than mine.

Goldenrod is a medicine too. I tinctured some last week.(flowers only of Solidago ssp) It relieves upper respiratory inflammation caused by colds/flu etc.
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Re: MnE 30 Joe Pye Weed

Postby TaffyJ » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:08 pm

I'm picking and processing elderberry lately too. There's so much good stuff to be had from right here around us!
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Re: MnE 30 Joe Pye Weed

Postby arkieready » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:24 pm

Question. I see a plant meets the description of Joe pye, except the flowers are more individual, separate. Less in a head. Make sense? Should I consider it more of a variety, or a different species? Scattered! That's what I meant.
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Re: MnE 30 Joe Pye Weed

Postby froglevel » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:25 pm

If you can post a pick of the whorled leaves like the one above. I'd be interested if there is any vertical striping in the stalk. Also estimate plant height and leaf length. Flower heads vary greatly.

I think I wrote in the "plant description" post about variation. I've seen 2 plants of the same species separated by 30ft that looked like totally different plants. Sun, shade, water and soil greatly affects how a plant looks.

We are used to looking a peas or okra in the garden. Same conditions, they all look the same and are equal... a socialists dream!

Plants growing naturally aren't like that. Just like people! ;)
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