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The Miracle Backyard ‘Weed’ That Heals Wounds, Reduces Fevers … And Doubles As Toilet Paper

Friday, April 21, 2017 6:36
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The Miracle Backyard ‘Weed’ That Heals Wounds, Reduces Fevers … And Doubles As Toilet Paper

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Having a backup plan for emergencies is essential, and this medicinal plant replaces many staples in the first-aid kit — in addition to some other sanitary necessities.

Commonly used to create textural interest in border flower gardens, wooly lamb’s ear is an adaptable perennial that is quick to spread to other areas of the homestead and is often labeled a weed in backyards across the country.

Each silvery-green leaf is covered with a light fuzz that is extremely soft. Pale violet flowers bloom late in the season, though they hold little to no medicinal value. (They do make a nice addition to floral arrangements, though).

Starting your own patch of wooly lamb’s ear is relatively easy. It can be started from seed in seedling pots or small containers, and can continue to grow to maturity in containers, provided they are thinned out regularly and are stored in a sheltered area over the harshest winter month.

In a garden or raised bed, plant seedlings 12 inches apart in a partly shady spot. Lamb’s ear prefers six to eight hours of sunlight. It is hardy, tolerating most well-drained soils, but is prone to wilting in the hottest days of the year.

Source: http://www.offthegridnews.com/alternative-health/the-miracle-backyard-weed-that-heals-wounds-reduces-fevers-and-doubles-as-toilet-paper/

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