Hi everybody. It’s Laura Giles with Pan Society.
Thanks for tuning in to another episode about plant lore. Today I am talking about purslane.
Now, are you starting to notice a trend? I hope so. When I talk about plants and animals,
I am picking the ones with bad reputations. The ones that people don’t tend to like. Do
you know why? I hope I am impressing upon you the importance of every animal, flying,
crawling, slithering, creature every plant that we have. EVERYTHING is significant. EVERYTHING
is holy. In our striving for bigger, better, faster, we always want the choicest cuts and
the prettiest flowers, but when we do that, we end up missing all the things that make
us healthy and whole. It’s why we have to have supplements. We only eat the fancy, juicy
things not all the things that make us feel better. And purslane is one of those things.
It’s great medicine, magick plant, and food. So, let’s start with the food. The next time you see some purslane growing
in your yard, don’t weed it, eat it! It can be cooked or eaten raw and is super nutritious.
You can use it in soups or stews as a substitute for spinach. It’s one of the best sources
for omega fatty acids, so you can throw your supplements away and just go grazing in the
yard. Purslane is used for mood stabilization, to boost the immune system, and for arthritis
pain. Juice from the leaves is commonly used for
soothing burns, insect bites and stings. It’s also used for earaches. If you make a tea
with it, it can help with diarrhea, stomachache, and urinary tract infections. It’s also great
for the skin. It can be used as an astringent and to treat acne and wrinkles. So let’s put
some on our face! [laugh] And what if you have worms? Guess what you
can do. Take some purslane. Seriously. It’s a worm expeller so it’s a good thing to have
if you have pets. People are not great at washing their hands. I’m just keeping it honest.
I’m not going to say anything else about that but just putting that out there. Okay? [laugh] So now that we know what this plant can do
for us medicinally, let’s talk about it’s magical uses. Purslane is feminine. The element
is water and its astral body is the moon. If you know anything about the moon, you can
make some educated guesses about the properties of purslane. So it’s good for sleep, love,
luck, protection, and happiness. You can lay it on your bed at night if you are prone to
nightmares. If you carry it, it will bring you good luck. Soldiers used to carry it in
battle for luck. If you sprinkle it on the floors at night, this will bring happiness.
If you strew it around your bed, it will protect you from spirits who come wandering in the
night. This might sound bizarre or superstitious
but people were more in tune with energies when they lived closer to the Earth. We could
learn a lot from them. If you doubt it, try it for yourself and see. It’s not hard to
find. This stuff is everywhere. Even if you didn’t know what this was called, I am sure
you have seen this. But in case you didn’t know what it was called,
it’s also called pigweed and portulaca. You can just go outside and find it wild as it
grows everywhere. Be careful though. There is a poisonous look alike called spurge. The
difference is that purslane is hairless and it won’t ooze out a white substance when damaged.
Just squeeze it. Just to be sure. Both are low to the ground, have thick stems,
and green oval leaves. I hope that this enriches your knowledge of
what many people consider a weed. Before you go spraying noxious chemicals on our plant
friends, think about what they do for us. When Spirit leaves us such hardy and abundant
medicines like purslane, it’s probably because it’s so widely needed. I would take that as
a sign to use it. What do you think? What’s your experience with purslane? Let me know
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