05 September 2009

Thistle

Milk Thistle enjoys wide human use throughout the world as therapy for livers taxed or damaged by disease, such as hepatitis, or chemical/drug exposure. Its cousin, the Musk Thistle, grows in my backyard and enjoys many of the same benefits.

Many thistles end up on "noxious weeds" lists. Such lists largely indicate that the "weeds" are simply contrary to local agricultural interests, and say little about whether or not the plants are actually useful to humans in other ways.

I hope you enjoy my time spent with the "noxious" Musk Thistle in my backyard.

13 comments:

Flying Mermaid said...

Thanks, Mark.

Seth said...

That was a very pleasant video, Mark. I love the acoustic guitar gently playing throughout. And I love the look of that drink (coconut milk, baby!)

Grok said...

Nicely put together.

Mark Lee said...

FM: You're welcome.

Seth: I hope you'd enjoy it, knowing your affection (too mild a term perhaps!) for that fluid and its accompanying oils.

CG: Nice to have you drop by, and comment. The #primal Twitter gang has certainly been an inspiration in more foraging, on my part.

Laura, the Prickly said...

I've really got to get the speakers on this computer fixed so I can watch this video. There's some thistle growing in the backyard, and I want to learn how to use it.

Mark Lee said...

You'll certainly want to make your speakers serviceable before I produce and post White Trash Holiday: Wal-Mart, a musical.

Laura, again said...

Oh, did you like my link to People of Walmart? Because it's beautiful.

Mark Lee said...

I did, and it is. Wal-mart has comforting and familiar sights, sounds, and smells; like the buzzing of flies in an aromatic agricultural field. *sigh*

Henrike said...

:) Neat. - Pretty cool also to have animals wandering around your place. ;)

Mark Lee said...

Howdy, Henrike! I live in an area in which the prevailing philosophy is "live, and let live." I have an acre lot full of weeds I can eat, and my neighbors' cattle, pigs, and chickens are frequent visitors. I recently evicted a hen which had chosen to live in my garage for several days. :-)

lisa said...

beautiful! and thanks for the shout-out. :^)

Stephanie said...

Can you make me one of those when I come, Mark? My liver needs some love.

Mark Lee said...

I shall harvest the seeds for your liver-loving beverage today, Steph.