By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
There was a time, not so long ago, when almost every woman in charge of a household sought out the wild plants that we generally refer to as weeds. Rich in vitamins and minerals , many of these plants were welcomed to the table as nutritive spring potherbs. Others would be gathered and made into healing teas, tonics, infusions, poultices and salves that could be used treat many types of injuries or illnesses. One of the earliest and most versatile weeds that homesteaders and healers gathered in early spring was the lowly and much maligned chickweed.