What if I told you one plant can feed you, stanch bleeding, instantly stop the pain of insect stings, protect you from ticks, heal wounds & sores,
cure coughs, colds, earaches, toothaches and diarrhea as well as ease constipation, and you've been walking by it nearly every day!
Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major)
Meet the Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major) and Plantago lanceolata, English or Seaside Plantain, plant of the week #4 for the All Things Survival
Common in North America, Europe and Asia it is easy to find and identify. It grows in disturbed grounds and yards and is one of the only plants that
can thrive growing in cracks of sidewalks.
The Broadleaf variety can be identified by the shiny green, strongly-ribbed leaves which spread out low to the ground in a rosette. The seed head is
long and slender, from 4 to 10" tall. English Plantain has much narrower leaves which are rougher and darker green, also in a rosette while the seed
head is conical atop a narrow stem 6-12" tall.
English Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata)
This lowly weed deserves a place at the top of the survivalist's need-to-know list. Because of it's wide distribution, profuse growth and easy
identification, Plantain is great source of edible greens and an emergency first aid kit on-the-go. The young, tender leaves are rather bland but
edible raw and an excellent source of vitamin A as well as calcium, phosphorous and riboflavin and mixes well with other cooked greens.
Called "Soldier's Herb" in Medieval Europe due to it's coagulant properties, Plantain contains Alantoin and Aucubin which studies have proven to help
stanch the flow of blood.
Due to these properties those who take blood thinners or are prone to blood clots should not take this herb internally.
Broadleaf Plantain Flowers
English Plantain Flowers
Also proven is the ability of Plantain to take the sting out of bee, wasp and insect stings. The high mucilage content makes it a good treatment for
sores, cuts and earaches and helps to reduce pain and inflammation.
Known as "white man's foot" by Native Americans since plantain grew wherever pioneers settled. They found use by heating and macerating the leaves
which would then be applied to cure headaches.
As you can see, this extraordinary plant is one which every survivalist should know.
: Young leaves can be eaten raw, older leaves require boiling, seeds can be eaten raw, boiled or dried and ground into flour.
Whole Plant used for:
The seeds are known as Psyllium, the name for the main ingredient in bulk laxatives.
Insecticidal, Repels ticks - Some people say eating the seeds helps keep bugs at bay. I mash the leaves and allow them to steep in rubbing alcohol. I
put this in a spray bottle and have never had tick problems while using this applied to my shoes and pant legs.
I hope this was informative, we'll be discussing Plantain Thursday night at 8PM est on the All Things Survival Radio Show. Get skype and listen via
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