I’ve been hearing and reading about people suffering from seasonal Ragweed allergies recently and at the same time my father advised me to read an article about Ragweed allergies and their natural (herbal) remedies. It was originally published in Hungarian but I thought maybe there are some people out there who would give it a try in other countries as well if they knew about this so I decided to translate it and do some further research.
The author of the hungarian article claims that the author heard about this remedy from a pastor called “Lajos Atya” in 1973 first. He was interested and involved in many applications of natural and herbal medicine at that time and he described the different uses of Ragweed in the past decades in depth.
It is not widely known, but Ragweed is an edible plant, suitable for human consumption as well. The seeds of giant ragweed are 47% crude protein. That is very high, much higher than any cultivated grain. What’s more, these seeds, which the plant produces in prodigious amounts, provide, in the words of Roger Wells, a certified wildlife biologist and national habitat coordinator for Quails Unlimited, “the highest amount of metabolizable calories, more even that corn, soybeans, wheat, or any other grain that we know.” What that means is that the seeds are very digestible.
Giant ragweed is native to America. It has excellent soil-binding properties. Primitive Americans must have known something we don’t about giant ragweed. They nurtured it some 2000 years ago. Archeological studies in Kentucky discovered that ancient native American peoples cultivated Ragweed (Ambrosia Trifida) for its nutritious seeds in Mississippi Valley.
The hungarian author (Weixl-Várhegyi László) claims that the he harvests the young plants early, while they are small and eats the plant leaves raw and also dries the rest and makes a powder from it to preserve it for later use for culinary purposes.
His article received many comments from readers who suffered from Ragweed pollen allergy and some of them described their own experiences after having eaten small quantities of the raw or dried leaves of Ragweed to reduce symptoms of Hay Fever. I found an other online discussion where the participants shared their personal experiences about consuming Ragweed tincture and tea against Ragweed allergies and Hay Fever. The results are very promising.
If you want to give it a try, watch Susun Weed demonstrating how to make Ragweed tincture: