This is the information I found on Fireweed...hopefully my computer doesn't eat up this post...its been very temperamental this summer.
The young leaves of fireweed make good greens in salads and can also be cooked. The whole of the young plant can be cooked like asparagus before it gets woody. The petiole of the flower can be eaten and the flower buds and full flower add interest to a salad.
Some europeans used fireweed as an intestinal astringent in the form of a tea and as an anitspasmodic, demulcent and emmenagogue. It is also said to have good effects on diseased mucous membranes, colon troubles, cholera and dysentry by relieving pain. The natives of the americas used the the viens of the leaves for antiseptic qualities for sores and cuts. They also used this herb to heal burns, which is interesting because it heals the burn of the earth too.
A poultice or ointment(salve) made of the root can be used on skin inflammation, boils, ulcers and rashes.
The Blackfoot tribe used an infusion of the root and inner cortex as an enema for children to help them eliminate. The flowers were rubbed into the rawhide as a waterproofing. The powdered inner cortex was put on the hands and face to protect them from the cold.
I think it is great that you are planting all those herbs. The best way to learn of herbs is to see the growth cycle.
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Hope that helps, take care!