May 5, 2010
Herb Lesson #3 Pineapple Weed
Pineapple weed is another of my favorite herbs, I think they all may be my favorite! It is a low growing plant that thrives best in well trampled areas. Be sure to avoid plants that grow along road sides and polluted areas. The pineapple weed here grows on our play ground and in front of the boys dorm where there’s always a lot of rough playing! It blooms in the late winter through the spring, in our area. You can find it through out the the US.
Pineapple weed is in the same family as chamomile. When you pinch on of the flowers you will smell the sweet, light sent of pineapple, hence the name. It is used for a verity of ailments. It is a sedative herb that mainly acts on the digestive system. It is good for relieving insomnia, nausea, motion sickness, vomiting during pregnancy and colic in children. Though excessive use of pineapple weed and chamomile is not suggested during pregnancy and while nursing. A few drops of pineapple weed tincture will help relive a baby’s colic. A warm cup of tea with calm the nerves and sooth an upset stomach. A cool tea can be used as an eye rinse for pink eye. If you have seasonal allergies beware of pineapple weed, it tend to causes a reaction. I for one love pineapple weed tea but try to avoid drinking it very often because it makes me sneeze like crazy.
Pineapple weed can be used fresh or dried. I harvest a large amount at a time and dry it for future use. I’ve hung it to dry or laid it on a baking sheet and put it in our gas oven to dry over night. The heat from the plight light is just enough to let it dry with out destroying the properties of the plant. Once the plant is dry simple crumble and store in an air tight container. I’m not really sure how long dried pineapple weed lasts for because I go through it so quickly. Now that you know what it looks like go out and pick some pineapple weed and make yourself a nice hot cup of tea!