Couch grass; a secret blessing?

If you’re a gardener, you probably think that Couch Grass (Agropyron repens) is just a nightmare. But think again; those creeping rhizomes that just keep on growing, even from the smallest fragment left in the ground, have a special virtue in the herb world. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory for the urinary tract. In conditions like cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis and benign prostatic hypertrophy, it will soothe inflammation and reduce swelling. Over time, it can help to ‘recondition’ the tissues if you have had repeated infections or chronic inflammation, and bring things back to normality.

Couch Grass is slightly antiseptic too, but it works best for infections when combined with herbs like Buchu (Barosma betulina) or Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). For prostatic enlargement, use it with Sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata) or Sabal (Serenoa repens). It will help as a background remedy for kidney problems too.

You can make a tea from the rhizomes, or even add them to food. They don’t taste of much, unlike some herbal remedies which are definitely for medicinal use only. So while you’re doing the weeding this spring, maybe think twice before burning them.

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