(TruthSeekerDaily) Nature can really be surprising sometimes, especially when it comes to healing powers of plants. Such magical plants aren’t always in far off lands or deep in a deserted rain forest somewhere, in fact, they could be right out in front of your house!
A common weed many homeowners are in a perpetual battle with to eradicate from their driveway and sidewalk, has been discovered to be anything but the nuisance it’s been treated as. In fact, it’s the most useful medicines on the planet waiting to be harvested for the good it can do and it’s called a plantain.
There are two major types of plantain in BC, Canada: Lance and Broadleaf. Generally, all 200-plus varieties of plantain yield the same results. It grows especially well in poor, rocky soil (such as driveways) and is often seen alongside dandelion. More often than not, you will see plantain growing in gravel pits and construction sites as nature seeks to regenerate the soil. Introduced to North America in the 1600s, it was once called “White Man’s Foot” by the Native Americans who witnessed that where the Europeans tread and disrupted the soil, plantain sprung up.
Although it’s healing powers have been known and used before, it’s not common knowledge by any means, and the extent of it’s abilities to treat ailments has gone un-tapped until recently.
Plantain has often been the go-to remedy for hikers plagued by mosquitos. Because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature. It can be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes. By bandaging the inflicted area to hold the plantain in place, it can work it’s magic within 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.
It’s curative properties go beyond topical treatments too! Plantain is renowned for its 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 can be ground or soaked for bulk mucilage or absorbable fibre, which if consumed before meals, may help with weight loss.
Because plantain is a gentle expectorant and high in silica, an infusion can be helpful for lung problems, coughs, and colds.
Plantain is nature’s go-to for many common ailments, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis. It also serves as an excellent dietary supplement and can be added to salads, chewed on the ease thirst, or added to stir fry dishes for extra nutrition and flavor.
The accolades of this plant has earned it the title of a wild vegetable rather than an innocuous little weed many yearn to get rid of. It’s time to start embracing this super-plant and taking advantage of the cure-all nature has made readily available to us.
h/t: [ The Future of Health Now ]