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The leaves are edible as a salad green when young and tender, but they quickly become tough and fibrous as they get older. The older leaves can be cooked in stews. The leaves contain calcium and other minerals, with 100 grams of plantain containing approximately the same amount of vitamin A as a large carrot. The seeds are so small that they are tedious to gather, but they can be ground into a flour substitute or extender.
Due to its astringent properties, a tea of plantain leaves can be ingested to treat diarrhea or dysentery. Due to the high vitamin and mineral content, plantain tea simultaneously replenishes the nutrients lost as a result of diarrhea. Adding fresh plantain seeds or flower heads to a tea will act as an effective lubricating and bulking laxative and soothe raw, sore throats. When ingested, the aucubin in plantain leaves leads to increased uric acid excretion from the kidneys, and may be useful in treating gout.
Hope to see a new Herb of Utnapisjtim on ATS EVERY DAY! =D
I hope you don't mind me adding some more info to your list.
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s/f for thee... nice thread
Plantain and comfrey are also both used as rapid healants. Comfrey was used in the war as poultices for wounds. It is incredible how fast the plant works. I use it myself...!
Thank you for bringing a new plant to my consciousness...
Pine may just be a popular Christmas tree to you, but to Indians, pioneers, mountain men and hikers, the tree has been a source of nutrition, medicine and at times a lifesaver. All pines share basically the same medicinal qualities. However the main medicinal varieties are scotch pine and white pine. The parts of the tree that are highly medicinal are the needles, inner bark and sap. Pine needle tea is high in vitamins A and C. In fact the fresh green needles have five times the amount of vitamin C found in one lemon. Throughout the centuries, people have literally survived on pine-needle tea as well as cured themselves of scurvy by drinking a tea of both the needles and inner bark of the pine tee.
I've been studying wild foraging and natural wild herbalism for fun the last handful of years as it's something I've always been interested in and I'm currently taking a course on practical and medicinal herbalism.
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Hope you and others are OK with me posting this series, having posted about some of these plants before. Loved your thread about Plantain! Thought I'd gather them all under one hat, for easy access and quick reference
And I love your nickname, Asktheanimals. American natives did just that, they "asked the animals" about medicinal plants, stalking sick animals checking out their diets for hints of plants' medical properties. Kindof reminds me when my cats come home with grass straws sticking out of their butts, and I'm going, "Poor Balla, have you got a troublesome tummy these days?" Animals are quite wise and well versed in medical herbs and ways to treat everyday problems by including medicinal plants in their diets.