Yes, you shouldn’t “destroy” this plant, because this plant is one of the best healing plants in the world! Just take a look at the plant and answer these questions for me – have you ever seen this plant? Do you know what’s its name? Well, you’ve probably stepped on it, ignored it, and tried to eradicate it from your lawn. But, did you know that this little weed is one of the most useful medicines on the planet? Have you ever heard of plantain? Well, if you haven’t, then hang on just a little bit more!
Here’s what you need to know about plantain – it’s a green plant that is low-growing, it has oval, flat, ribbed and short stemmed leaves. Its leaves can actually grow up to approximately 4″ wide and 6″ long. Plantain can send up a leafless flower stock in fall/summer – sometimes the stalks can grow up to 10″ inches tall. They grow everywhere in the world: in Asia, America, Africa, Australia, Europe and New Zealand as well.
You should also know that plantain grows especially well in poor, rocky soil (such as driveways) and is often seen alongside dandelion. You can also see plantain growing in gravel pits and construction sites as nature seeks to regenerate the soil. It was introduced to North America in the 1600s and people used to call it The White Man’s Foot.
This super healthy plant has many different health properties, such as: antimicrobial, astringent, anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, demulcent, diuretic and styptic. You can eat the leaf fresh and raw or you can add it in different salads. Plantain has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it’s really amazing for treating and preventing many different skin problems.The seeds and the leaves are medicinal and they can be used as an antidote, antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, cardiac, antitussive, diuretic, demulcent, hemostatic, expectorant, laxative, poultice, ophthalmic and refrigerant.The leaves are also very useful for treating minor sores, insect bites, boils and rashes caused by poison-ivy. You can use it for bronchitis and coughs, as a tincture, tea or syrup.
Plantain Leaf and Respiratory Problems
We can also mention that plantain is a gentle expectorant and high in silica, so, an infusion can be also very helpful for lung problems, coughs, and colds. Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis. You can add it to salads, chew to ease thirst, or enjoy in stir fries. This versatile wild vegetable will keep you in good health for years to come!
Support bone and eye health and immune system
The plantain leaves are loaded with vitamin C, which means that they will boost your immune system. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin A, which is very useful for eye health and it also prevents macular degeneration, that can cause blindness.
Many people used to make plantain remedies, especially against mosquitoes. Because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes. Bandage the area and allow the plantain to work its magic for 4-12 hours. Plantain may also be used to create a balm for emergency kits, or an infusion used as a skin or general wash. It is also a notable, soothing remedy for hemorrhoids.
This plant has many health benefits. One of them is the extremely useful and healing effect on the digestive system. This is especially useful for anyone who has been damaged by antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or pain medications, food allergies, or Celiac disease. Both leaves and seeds specifically target the digestive system for healing. The leaves may be steeped as tea, added to soups, or dried with a sauce similar to kale chips. The seeds – a type of psyllium – can be ground or soaked for bulk mucilage or absorbable fiber, which, consumed before meals, may help with weight loss.
Plantain Herbal Tea
- 1 tbsp. fresh or dry whole Plantain (root, seed and leaves)
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 tsp Manuka honey
Here’s what you need to do – it’s very simple. You just have to add the fresh or dry plantain in the boiling water and leave it to steep for 10 min. After that, you should strain it. When it’s cool enough, you can add some honey. Drink the tea and enjoy. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.