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Fields of Teasel: Organic teasel seeds are difficult to obtain: they are plentiful at Mamushi Nature Farm

Updated on December 10, 2012

Health Promoting Teasel

Why teasel is an essential herb?


Teasel does not grow everywhere. Teasel require a special ecological niche that is difficult to define from a strict agriculturalist, or a professional farmer's, point of view. To put it simple, tease chooses to grow where teasel wants to grow. One can purchase the seeds and try sowing them in various locations available to them and see what happens. They may grow very well in the first location that you choose to sow them in. And again, they may not grow well upon the soil that you choose to make your first attempt. In this case, you simply try again in a different location. Eventually, you will "hit upon" a good location and the teasel will grow there very well.

The next point that we need to address is "Why should anyone want to grow teasel in the first place? What is one going to do with a teasel garden? Teasels are beautiful plants but beyond their beauty, "What good are they? As you will learn, if you decide to grow these plants, they are very hostile to work with, so you must have a sincere love for this plant if you decide to purchase some seeds and to grow your own teasel garden.

I have been taught in herbal medicine classes, that teasel is an herb that has been used in Gypsy medicine for ages, where "the water that is collected in leaf joints on the plant" is used to treat irritated eyes (red eyes), reduce dark circles, and soothe out wrinkles. The root can be used as a cleanser, to treat sties and whitlows. Also, the roots have been used as a tonic for liver and stomach problems. If one knows a Naturopathic Physician or a specialist in Herbal Medicine, one would be wise to consult his or her help and advise before experimenting with this powerful herb, especially in regards to the "eye wash" applications. "Red eye" has several causes, some rather benign (such as simple allergies, and one cause a very serious and grave "orbital infection or cellulitis"). The orbital cellulitis can be a life-threatening condition, so, you do not want to treat it lightly.

Noteworthy, the root of the teasel plant can be given for rheumatoid pain, cancer of the breast, and irregular menstruation. When people approach our organic, Nature farm to get seed or root, (or water from the plants) we always remind them that teasel products should be used with guidance from their health care providers. One does not want to take chances with one's life or health recklessly. One needs to use care with the use of herbs. Medicinal herbs are powerful medicines if used correctly.

The Enchanted Valley of Mamushi is a place where love grows and it is a place, also, where Nature farmed organic foods and herbs grow. The very best plants that money can purchase anywhere on the globe. We practice conservation of plants and animals for a future where many plants and animals will no longer exist. There are very few places in the world, anymore, where love grows freely. We thank God for Mamushi Nature Farm and the Enchanted Valley, "A place where Love still grows."

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      Prairie Smoke 5 years ago

      Teasel is a highly invasive plant in USA states. It's displacing native plants and damaging ecosystems. It creates mono cultures where it's all you'll see. Once educated about this plant, there is nothing "pretty" about it.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow, I have never heard of teasel before. But I am glad I came across your hub since I am learning as much as I can about herbs in my quest to eventually become a naturopath.

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      Dr. Haddox 6 years ago

      To davenmidtown,

      That is a very interesting ecosystem, with teasels growing adjacent to the salt water marsh, with the water and cattails, with the teasels on dry land. That is a beautiful scene. Thank you for sharing.

      Regards, Dr. Haddox

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Hello Dr. Haddox... the teasels like to grow adjacent to the salt water marsh... almost in a ring... there is the water, the cattails, and then the teasels on dry land.

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      Dr Freddie Haddox 6 years ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally.

      Thank you for your commit on my hub. I did not know that teasel liked a saltwater environment. Again, I appreciate your support and positive commit on my work.

      Dr. Haddox

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Great hub. The Teasel grows here... well in my old home of Benicia, California... it loves the saltwater marsh. I did not realize it was medicinal. Thank you for sharing this with me.

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