It goes unnoticed on most lawns or habitats, except to those that know its value as one of the best herbal plants around. I cherish it, look for it, use it and praise its value as one of the top herbs to benefit us and our pets.
Plantains have been around as a food and healing plant by many cultures, and it is a favorite by Native Americans for healing wounds, and to draw out toxins. The name only can be confused with the banana like fruit of the same name, two totally differently plants. Similar to a spinach leaf, but thicker, this plant can also be eaten in salads.
You can wash the leaves, spread them out to dry, and freeze them so you have them available all year. The most popular plantain is the broad leaf plantain called Plantago major, which is what I use with bigger, chubbier and edible leaves and you can find it pretty much everywhere.
I like to pick my plantain away from roadsides fumes from cars and weed sprayed areas, so I know it is safe and free from chemicals, and it is also larger and greener and those more protected areas.
Plantain is natures antiseptic, you can literally pick a piece, mush it up, or chew it and place it directly on the area of need and a great natural for external cuts, bruises, stings, burns, you name it. The all natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and instant soothing properties make it, great for itch, and just an all in all fast healer of wounds.
Its coagulating properties make is great for outside injuries, and internally it also has it benefits, but as with many herbs, there are some people that do have to be careful, and those prone to blood issues or clots are cautioned against its use internally.
I use it alone, or I also make a cream balm where I add some of my other favorites and this is a cream I always have on hand, and now so does everyone in my family.
Other ways to use them, is pick them, cut them up, put them in a blender, chew it up, use the mush on wounds, ulcers, severe itch, or you can cut them with scissors and boil up the leaves, when the water is really green, use this as spray on skin as well, anything itchy, anything open, this is a true gift to the planet.
I can honestly say one of my most favorite herbs that I personally use. Other research on the internet also indicates this herb is
i) tops in the field of blood poisoning, and you can see the herb at work removing the swelling and the red line receding.
ii) a diuretic as a tea taken through the day it is useful for kidney and bladder problems.
iii) as a styptic it can be chewed or pounded into a paste and applied to a wound to stop minor bleeding, soothing and cooling as it heals. Taken as a tea or in soup it soothes irritated mucous membranes. It will stop the bleeding of minor cuts and when taken internally as well internally ulcers.
iv) an anti-venomous herb in its role as a blood cleanser. Terry Willard, author of Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains and Neighbouring Territories, states that it is good to draw out the poison of snake bites. It is an excellent choice for poisonous bites and stings of scorpions and insects.
v) as a tea or juice will heal sunburn, burns, mild ulcers and scalds.
vi) removes foreign objects and particles from the body and teamed up with cayenne the unwanted items work their way out even faster. Plantain’s refrigerant qualities soothe and cool sores and ulcers. It is excellent to ease and heal hemorrhoids as a tea injected after each bowel movement and applied externally.
Again please do your research on this ever so useful plant in your life. It should be something that everyone is aware of and has growing close by.
READ, EDUCATE and make your own decision.
As always, until my next wonderful natural remedy or story.