Although most people try to remove this weed from their lawns, it’s actually one of the most health beneficial plants on Earth. It’s plantain, which appears in over 200 varieties, all of which have the same medicinal properties. The most popular ones are Lance and Broadleaf.
Plantain generally thrives in poor, rocky soil, such as driveways, often together with dandelion. It’s also found in gravel pits and construction sites; this is just a way nature finds a way to regenerate itself.
In the 1600s it was first introduced in North America.
One of the widely known uses of plantain is to relieve mosquito bites. The plant has potent astringent properties, which draw toxins from the body. The method includes crushing plantain first then using is as a poultice directly on bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes. Next, bandage the area to secure the poultice and let it act for 4-12 hours.
Another way to use this amazing herb is to make a balm for emergency kits, or an infusion for skin or general wash. It’s extremely beneficial for treatment of hemorrhoids.
Another benefit that comes with plantain is its healing effect on the digestive system, especially one that has been damaged by antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or pain medications, food allergies, or Celiac disease. You can use both the leaves and seeds to treat digestive system problems. You can steep the leaves to make tea, add them to soups, or dry and use as food seasoning. As for the seeds, you can grind or soak them. Soaking is especially beneficial for bulk mucilage or absorbable fiber, which stimulates weight loss when consumed before meals.
Plantain infusion can do wonders for lung problems, coughs, and colds because it’s a gentle expectorant and high in silica.
All in all, plantain provides a wide range of healing properties, from menstrual issues, digestive disorders, to nearly all skin conditions, and even arthritis. It can be used in a number of ways – in salads, in stir-fries or it can be chewed to ease thirst. In all cases, it provides long-term health benefits.