posted on Mar, 10 2014 @ 05:34 PM
In Norway we call this plant 'Groblad' as in 'Grow-leaves' and has earned a near magical reputation for healing wounds. Infact, I have yet to find any
remedy in nature or in modern medicine alike with matching effect. You simply wrap a leaf or two around the wound, cut or burn, and it heals in
notime. Truely magical.
Plantago Major ("Plantain") is of the Plantaginaceae family, and grows all over the world, and there is hardly any garden where grass grows where
Plantain can't be found. American natives called them "White Man's Footsteps" since Europeans brought them to the New World for their near magic
qualities. It is said to stay or normalise "fluxes of women's courses" according to Culpeper. It is known to reduce or relieving fever, and can induce
a cooling sensation to the one suffering the fever.
If you have a burn or a cut, either wrap a few leaves around it, og chew it into a pulp and then apply it. You can also press it for it's juices for a
more concentrated result. The latter being a good way of curing malignant ulcers through drinking pressed juice mixed into water or most any other
From Wikipedia (link below) about edibility:
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.
And further on about medicinal use:
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.
For ingestion, use young leaves, and they taste quite good by themselves, but it's fibers are quite tough, som you'd perhaps want to remove the stem.
Or you can dry them for the evening cuppa.
Like with all herbs, use caution and consult your doctor before using them. This one is a coagulant, so if you eat blood thinners or are in risk of
blood clots, you shouldn't eat or drink it.
Plantain at Witchipedia
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