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Lambs Quarter – (Chenopodium berlandieri)

Lambs Quarter

Often cleared from the garden as a common weed, lambs quarter is an herbal goldmine. Along with dandelions, plantain, chickweed and violets, this herb is a valuable source of nutrition that has been relegated to "pest" status. This rich source of calcium doesn't bolt like lettuce and can be harvested all summer long. Lamb's quarters grows on roadsides, in ditches or anywhere the soil has been disturbed. The scientific name "Chenopodium" translates to mean "goosefoot" in reference to the shape of the leaves. This herb is grown as a commercial food crop in Mexico, and is related to epazote, which is used to season beans in Mexico and quinoa, the legendary grain used by the Incas. It is also related to a plant known as Good King Henry in Europe, which is used as a potherb. Instead of embracing this nutritious gift from the plant kingdom, lamb's quarter is considered an invasive weed in most parts of the United States.

Key Medicinal Uses

Internally – Lamb's quarter is eaten to relieve stomach aches and to prevent scurvy. A cold herbal tea made from the leaves can be taken to treat diarrhea.

Externally – Lamb's quarter leaves can be used as a poultice to treat burns and swellings. It can also relieve itching.

Other Uses – Lamb's quarter is a rich source of vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus and vitamins A, B2, C and Niacin. These nutrients are easily assimilated by the body by eating this herb. It can be eaten raw in salads or cooked like spinach. Excess leaves can be frozen for later eating.

Herbs to Combine/Supplement

Combine lambs quarter with other nutritious herbs in salads or as cooked greens to provide your body with nutrients it needs to maintain health.

Parts Used

Leaves – The leaf is the portion used from this plant.


Lambs quarter does contain oxalic acid, so don't eat excessive portions at one time, especially raw. If you have kidney problems, do not eat this herb. The crystals of oxalic acid can irritate weakened kidneys.

Preparation and Dosage

Prepare and eat like any other greens with your meals. Use in lasagna or other pasta dishes like spinach. Use it to stuff mushrooms or add to savory pies or omelets. For a poultice, prepare the lambs quarter leaves by mashing or bruising them before applying to the injured area. For an herbal tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink as needed.

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