Hi, I have not used purslane medicinally yet, but I can verify that it is very tasty! I was introduced to it in an event at Matthei Gardens in Ann Arbor which included a tour of the herb garden. Our guide had us all taste purslane, and I loved it!
I have ordered purslane seeds online to grow a more upright variety of the plant, and I have also uprooted some from public sidewalks that no one seemed to want. Be careful though! Purslane has a poisonous look alike (spurge) Purslane leaves are plump and shiny, the leaves of the lookalike are flat and not shiny at all. Spurge gives off a milky sap when the stem is broken, so if you see that, don't eat it! If you have any doubt, just buy the seeds.
If you google purslane, you will find all kinds of info on how to grow it and recipes.
I heard about purslane back in April when my husband's friend Mark was visiting from Canada and raved to us about it. Took me a couple months to get around to it, but I finally ordered the capsules from Canada (dreadfully expensive, unfortunately) two weeks ago and now can provide initial feedback on the herb. I also called Mark to ask for his feedback to post on Earth Clinic, since he's been taking it for over 2 years now.
First, Mark's feedback:
Mark has an anemic condition since having his spleen removed in his early 20s... His hemoglobin count was 80-85 for most of his adult life. Now it is 110. The only new thing he has added to his diet has been the purslane supplements, of which he takes 2 a day. His energy level has increased on it, also his sleep is better. Finally, no cold sores for the entire amount of time he's been on it.
My initial feedback after 7 days:
Increased stamina, which has shown up most obviously in karate. My energy typically ebbs by the end of the week when I am tired from training a few days in a row. Not so since taking purslane. Of course it's been too soon to know if this initial increase of energy will last, but I will report back in a few months.
Next - sleep. Yep, it's true. Deep, restful sleep. Vivid dreams too.
Will give another update in a few months, but this is my initial report on purslane for now. Hopefully some of the reputable US herbal companies will give this common weed notice and come to market with some affordable/competitive pricing. For now our choices are to pay $57 for a bottle of 60 pills from the only company producing purslane capsules, or consuming copious amounts of purslane in order to get the 500 mg!!
P.S. The only side effect I have experienced is feeling somewhat dehydrated upon waking. So increased water a night is a good idea!
(Mineral Bluff, Georgia)
(Mineral Bluff, Georgia)
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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EC: Pursline is the same as Purslane, we hope?!
Hello, This is Merryanne in Central FL,,I just found Purslane for sale in my neighborhood,,I went to an open air market, it is always there on Saturday and Sunday,but I had not been to it in several years, well I was looking at the Mexican tables of produce and was schocked!!! There lay stacks of bundled purslane for $1.75, I was shocked,,I have spent a lot of time online looking for it and it is in my own neighborhood,,,If anyone is looking for it try you spanish stores, especilly the Mexican stores,,The man there said it is farmed just like there other crops. So I am going to start eating it and learn to make smothies.
(Colorado Springs, Colorado)
(Houston, Texas, Usa)