Beryl Nozedar

Weeds for health

date aired: july 7, 2017

Episode Description

If you find the unwanted weeds growing in your back yard annoying, you may be missing out on a free lunch. These pesky weeds may contain more nutrition that you will find at the grocery store. These unwanted intruders are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and protein . Beryl will explain the healing properties of common weeds and how you can make tinctures, soups and meals with the weeds in your back yard.

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  • There are certain times of the year when herbs are the most potent. This is the time they should be taken.
  • The part of the plant is also important.: the leaves, flowers or roots.
  • They can be dried on brown paper and stored in jars for up to two years.
  • Herbs can be made into a tincture with vodka.
  • In a tincture, you don’t get a lot of the weed, but just the active ingredients.
  • You don’t need a lot, just a little to nudge the body towards healing.
  • The roots of the weeds are where the most minerals are if there are minerals in the soil.
  • Bitter plants help with the liver and as an appetite stimulant for the gall bladder
  • Weeds tend to grow where the nutrition is
  • Don’t want to use herbs as a band aid to treat symptoms: is better to prevent and look at the underlying conditions



  • Diuretic
  • Most of root is underground where the minerals are if the soil has minerals
  • Can make coffee from the roots when they are two years of age.
  • She chops it up and dries it on brown paper, and then puts in in jars
  • The leaves are bitter and can be used in salads, sandwiches or stir fried.
  • The flowers can be eaten and are good for the liver.
  • Good source of vitamins A, B, C ,D, minerals, iron, potassium and zinc
  • The leaves contain more carotene than a carrot and are good for the eyes.


  • Hippocrates talked of garlic
  • Contains allicin which has healing properties
  • Garlic helps to lower cholesterol
  • Helps lower blood pressure so one needs to work with his doctor to check blood pressures
  • Contains sulfur which is a cleanser
    • Sulfur is found in cabbage, baked beans, and onions
  • Garlic contains selenium
  • Parsley can help hide the odor.
  • Garlic acts as an antibiotic and helps to kill the bus
    • For a new borne baby with an infection, she rubs some on the sole of the baby’s foot as an antibiotic.
    • If a dog has a sniffle, they will gladly eat her tincture garlic preparation.
    • Can put into honey and take a sip for colds and flus
  • She makes a tincture of a bulb (1/4 a cup) of garlic in a cup of garlic
  • She takes three drops three times a day.
  • The vodka contains the important ingredients
  • This can be put on toast, food and into honey (which also has antibiotic properties)
  • Tincture preparation
    • Bulb (1/4 cup) garlic in one cup of vodka.
    • She puts in in the sand and leaves it there for two weeks.
    • She shakes it every day and shakes out the rest
    • She shakes out the rest
    • Put in a brown bottle to protect from the sun.

Stinging Nettles

  • High in iron
  • It is also rich in Vitamins B 12, C, D and K.
  • Also contains antioxidants, calcium, vitamin K, Manganese
  • Is a diuretic
  • Helps with kidney stones, joint problems, hay fever and allergies
  • Preparations
    • Soups
    • Teas
    • A side dish
    • Can boil and strain


  • Can rub on stings and bug bites
  • Baking soda can help with this, too..

Calendula, marigold

  • Ointment
    • Good for eczema, dermatitis
    • Preparation
      • Pick flowers put in vegetable oil,
      • cook when crispy strain and add bees wax
    • Tincture


To stop bruises   a banana peel (with the inside face down).

Diarrhea   ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon in hot water

  • Cinnamon is also helpful in blood sugar stabilization

Nausea  ginger

Travel Sickness   ginger: can be crystalized ginger

Natural antibiotic garlic, ginger, with cinnamon

To stop bleeding  / a cut

  • Cayenne pepper
  • A cob web (acts as a suture)
  • Cigarette paper

Mosquito bites   plaintains


Comments on Diet

  • Most diet in US is acidic.
  • To adjust we have to keep blood alkaline
  • The Bantu tribe in Africa has no atherosclerosis
  • Happiness, laughing, a great sense of humour helps us to be alkaline.
  • We should stay as close to nature as possible
  • With high amounts of sugar and salts, we lose this connection with nature.
    • Sugar depletes minerals from the body
    • Sugar and flour acidifies the body
    • Wheat has been hybridized. It used to be more natural.
  • Chemicalized tomato will be three times size with 1/3 nutrition
  • We are eating more and starving ourselves.
  • We should not eat what we are addicted to
  • We eat too much. We should leave the table with our stomach 1/3 empty
  • We should not eat three hours before going to bed
  • A good diet
    • Little meat: make sure it is organic
    • A lot of organic vegetables
    • Oil olive oil; coconut oil
  • When we are healthy with a good diet, our bodies will tell us what foods are good for us – the foods that we fancy

Liver Health

  • is the trash can of the body
  • It is important that we empty our trash can as these toxins can go into the bones and skin.
  • She recommends emptying the trashcan/ cleansing the liver every spring if not more often.
  • Liver Cleanse
    • Dandelion, milk thistle once Q 3 month
    • Liquid absorbed through mucous membrane
    • Cancer one drop hourly.
  • Artichoke is good for the liver
  • Symptoms of liver problems
    • Dry skin,
    • nausea
    • loss appetite in early morning,
    • tendency to not like food


  • Appreciation and gratitude for what you have.
  • A good diet
  • Moderate exercise: not too much
  • Love where you are and where can
  • When there is negative, there is always positive
  • Worry makes you “wrinkly”
  • We need to look at we are doing, thinking and eating
  • Minerals are very important in our health.  Cell salts are a source of minerals

Extra information on weeds


18 Edible Backyard Weeds With Extraordinary Health Benefits

CHICKWEED (Stellaria media)

  • Has Vitamins A, C, D, Iron, Calcium , Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc
  • Tastes similar to spinach and can be sued in sandwiches, salads
  • Use:
    • topical treatment for minor cuts, burns, eczema rash,
    • mild diuretic,
    • relief for cystitis and irritable bladder

CHICORY (Cichorium intybus)

  • Tastes bitter: boiling removes bitter taste
  • Uses
    • Ground baked roots can be added to coffee or used as a coffee substitute
    • Toxic to internal parasites
    • Tonic to simulate appetite
    • Diuretic
    • For upset stomach and constipation
    • Protects liver and helps gall bladder


  • Tea forms gelatinous mixture which is soothing for the digestive and genitourinary tracts
  • Leaves
    • less bitter when young
    • Taste better when eaten young
  • Seed pods high in protein

CURLY DOCK (Rumex crispus)

  • Hardiest, most wide spread weed
  • Leaves high in beta carotene, Vitamin C and zinc (immunity)
  • Seeds rich in calcium and fiber
  • Stems peel and eat raw or cooked
  • Mature seeds roasted for earthy warm drink


  • Green petals raw or cooked are bitter
  • Anti-inflammatory

DANDELION  (Taraxacum)

  • Contains vitamins A, B, C, D, minerals, iron, potassium, zinc, high in beta carotene
  • Uses
    • For liver, kidney, heartburn
    • Diuretic
    • Appetite stimulant
    • Good for the liver or gallbladder
  • Preparation: leaves in sandwich or stir fry

ELERFLOWERS (Sambucus nigra)

  • Flowers for cordial
  • Green berries elderberry capers
  • Ripened barriers balsamic vinegar
  • Uses:
  • Bronchitis, cough, flu, fever

GARLIC MUSTARD (allaria petiolata)

  • Member of mustard family
  • Vitamins A, C
  • Uses:
    • Diuretic
    • Weight maintenance lowers cholesterol
    • Immunity


  • Source protein, Vitamin A, calcium, phosphorous, potassium
  • Teas help with digestion and stomach aches

PURSLANE (Portulaca oleracea)

  • Highest omega-3-fatty acid than any other leafy vegetable
  • Vitamins A, C, E, magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron
  • leaves Chinese medicine uses for insect bites, sores, diarrhea, hemorrhoids
  • Preparation: soups, stews, bread and fry leaves

RED CLOVER (trifolium pretense)

  • Contains calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamin and Vitamin C
  • Rich in isoflavones
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Preparations: add to salads, sautee

SHEEP SORREL (rumex acetosella)

  • Contains Vitamins C and E
  • Uses
    • Inflammation,
    • For diarrhea
    • For urinary tract infections
    • Stabilize blood sugar
    • Liver support
  • Preparation: small amounts in soups, salads, stir fries
  • Warnings is high in oxalates should not be used in excess

STINGING NETTLE (Urtica doica)

  • Is rich in Vitamin A, B 12, C, D and K, calcium potassium, iodine manganese, and iron
  • Is an antioxidant
  • Preparation cook as greens, dips, teas, soups
  • Uses
    • urinary problems, kidney stones,
    • joints,
    • diuretic
    • fights allergies such as hay fever

WILD AMARANTH (Amaranthus)

  • seeds protein
  • cooked leaves vitamin A, C, folate
    • some thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese
  • grains healthy


  • antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal
  • lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • preparation: pestos, salads, sandwiches, soups


  • Leaves and stems eat raw or cooked
  • Tea from dried leaves: mild laxative qualities
  • Flowers add to vinegar or sprinkle on salad

WOOD SORREL (Oxalis Montana)

  • Leaves
    • Vitamin C diuretic and cooling properties
    • Help in urinary tract infections, fever
    • Appetite stimulant
    • Indigestion
  • Warning
    • high in oxalic salts:
    • avoid by folks with kidney disordrs