I, being homeschooled, get to pick my electives. So I picked herbology (As in the Harry Potter books). I know now a lot of things about plants and their uses. Shepherd’s purse, for example:
Capsella bursa-pastoris, known by its common name shepherd’s-purse because of its triangular, purse-like pods, is a small (up to 0.5m) annual and ruderal species, and a member of the Brassicaceae or mustard family.(wikipedia)
Uses: Shepherd’s Purse is a plant often gathered from the wild or grown, for food or to supplement animal feed, cosmetics, and for medicinal purposes. Shepherd’s purse can stop hemorrhaging, and can be used as a diuretic herb that also acts as a urinary antiseptic, astringent, blood coagulant or vulnerary also for postpartum bleeding. In Chinese medicine, to cool the blood. It can be taken internally and externally. Birds love to eat the seeds(Including pet birds!). It self-seeds freely.
This is only from my limited knowledge about different types of herbs(especially ones that grow locally). So take all I know about shepherd’s purse and put it on marigold, clover, mums, lemongrass(did you know it repels mosquito’s?) the list continues. Herbology, however silly or inaccurate it sounds, It is very useful.
Your nerdy friend, Mousepaw
Cool books to learn herbology from ———————->
Herbal Medicine by Dian Dincin Buchman
The Complete Illustrated Herbal: A safe and practical guide to making and using herbal remedies by David Hoffman
Encyclopedia Of Herbs: The definitive guide to the identification, cultivation, and uses of herbs by Deni Brown
Oh, and Wikipedia.