Drink your lawn: blender juice.

blenderjuice.JPGThere was a nasty, hot, lung-drying bug going around these parts this spring. Turns out the perfect thing for it is one of your lawn’s best-kept secrets: blender juice.

Specifically, blender juice made of cooling, soothing, mucilaginous plants. Plantains (Plantago spp.), chickweed (Stellaria media), violets (Viola spp.), and mallows (Malva spp.) are especially nice.

(This combination is also wonderful for hot, irritated digestive systems — think ulcers, “Irritable Bowel Syndrome” / IBS, and other inflammatory conditions.)

Making blender juice is a great way to get the fresh, green, cooling properties from just about any plant.

Here’s how to do it:

Pick your plants.

Rinse them off if you need to.

Toss them in the blender with a bit of water.

Blend.

I like to let them sit for a while to infuse, then blend a little more and strain. But you can just go ahead and strain after the first blending if you need to.

Drink.

(Hot tip: mallow/plantain/chickweed/violet blender juice is wonderful sponged on a sunburn.)

16 Comments »

  1. Ananda said,

    May 5, 2008 @ 9:05 am

    Rebecca – this is great! I think many people aren’t aware that mucilage is better rendered by infusing in cool – not hot – water.
    Beautiful photo too.
    -ananda

  2. darcey said,

    May 5, 2008 @ 11:19 am

    mmmmmmmm
    sounds good!!! I think i might just do that with my mallows and dandelions ( no chickweed or violets here)

  3. crabappleherbs said,

    May 6, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    Ananda — Yes, I meant to be more specific about the mucilage cool/hot distinction in the post. Thanks for reminding!

    Darcey — Are you going to use dandelion greens or flowers? Or both? (I hardly ever use dandelion greens raw, myself, because I’ve got such a cool constitution… but for somebody warmer, it would be lovely!)

  4. Hank said,

    May 7, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

    Fascinating. Will have to try this if I get sick next winter – here in California our chickweed and plantains are long gone and will not return until Thanksgiving…

  5. crabappleherbs said,

    May 8, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

    Ah, yes, seasonality…

  6. greg draiss said,

    June 14, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

    nice site i especially like the photograph on the masthead.

  7. crabappleherbs said,

    June 16, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    Thanks, Greg.

  8. Margaret Gray-McCoy said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

    What do you know about getting diarrhea (or “the rear” as it is called around here) from eating this sort of thing? Actually, I get it from eating too many tomatoes out of my garden in the summer…Is it from good bacteria having a war with bad ones that were in my gut? Or does it mean I ingested some bad bacteria? I’ve always wondered. It will probably happen again this summer. It’s not like food poisoning or anything, its just some very loose stool after grazing in the garden.

  9. crabappleherbs said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

    Hi Margaret. I would look at your digestion from an energetic perspective… is it cool? A bit lax? (Have you studied any Matthew Wood yet? That kind of energetic approach might help.)

  10. Steve said,

    January 24, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    I love chickweed. Greats tips.

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