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!


About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. hi! thanks for tips. I was wondering which one was more potent: dry or fresh. funny how I found this website being deaf myself. 🙂 thanks again.

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      I would assume that it is about the same. Dried is so much more practical since it only flowers for a couple months. I’m glad you found our site!

  2. holli kimmel says:

    i picked and dried pineapple weed, once it was all dried i placed it in a air tight mason jar. I opened up the jar to add more to it and it was damp. What would cause it to be damp and turn brown?

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      Oh no! It’s likely that there was a tiny bit of moisture left in the plants. That has happened to other plants I have dried before. There is also the possibility that the jar could have had a bit of moisture in it before you added the pineapple weed. I’m sorry, that’s frustrating for sure.

  3. I just noticed that my driveway is covered in pineapple weed! Thanks for the tips!

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      Awesome! My new home doesn’t have any. 🙁 It’s a good thing that I still have some from last year!


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