Great Ragweed, Ambrosia trifida, every allergy sufferer’s worst nightmare. This is the primary culprit of hay fever but yet it’s an interesting plant. It has been used medicinally for stings, hives, pneumonia, fever, toe infections, diarrhea and to stop nose bleeds.
Keep your eyes and ears open and your powder dry!
Great Ragweed Sources:
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