I've been really interested in herbalism lately and we have some amazing plants growing around our land. Plantain is neat because you will find it growing in any field or yard in our region. It is easy to recognize once you take the time to learn what it looks like, and if you get stung by a bee you can break some off, chew it up, and use it immediately as a poultice. The seeds when it flowers are what you may recognize as psyllium. When you break off a plantain leaf, you will see strings from it:
As always, make absolutely sure you know you have the right plant before you use it, and it is also a good idea to consult with your doctor.
Plaintain is healing in all sorts of ways. It is antibacterial and antimicrobial, which is why it is so healing for the skin. It can relieve diarrhea, and it can help a cough by assisting in expelling phlegm. Some say it can slow the growth of staph and TB bacteria. It eases heartburn and indigestion, and is also a diuretic. Plantain can stop bleeding and relieve pain, and it's no surprise that some believe it to be one of the most versatile of herbal medicines.
Readers, do you use any herbal remedies?