#37- SIDA, Sida cordifolia, rhombifolia and acuta

Sida is perennial in the mallow family. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousand of years. I was introduced to this herb via Stephen Buhner’s writings. Stephen explains hot water vinegar Sida extractions in the second addition of Herbal Antibiotics

Buhner speaks of 95% alcohol extraction in his co-infections books:

Sida has been considered an invasive species in the gulf coast states where it grows exceedingly well.  It is often referred to as “Sweet Tea” in that region. Many actually plant Sida as deer fodder for hunting. The plant is naturally high in protein. My husband and I joke that at least the deer in the gulf are getting some Lyme treatment. Southern Habitats sells Sida acuta plants for gardeners and hunters.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Sida cordifolia, often referred to as, Bala. It is often made into an oil and applied to the skin or spine or used in food. In Ayurveda, the whole plant is used, including the root. 

I am currently using the leaf and stem. I find the leaf extremely mild tasting and literally could have a salad of Sida leaves. It’s one of those lovely medicine foods that doesn’t curl up your face from strong tastes. It’s rather mucilaginous, especially the stem. I make tea from the leaves which again is extremely mild tasting. I’m having so much fun experimenting with this plant and just started 35 new seedlings which are thriving. Germination is extremely quick and the plants grow fast. Currently, organic Sida species are rather hard to find from herb suppliers. I’ve been told it’s currently selling for $50.00 a pound dried. Folks, this is so easy to grow! sells Bala, Sida cordifolia seeds.

In the video I mentioned Woodland Essences, who makes many incredible botanical extractions.

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