Originally posted by SquirrelNutz
reply to post by Asktheanimals
I'm not saying this stuff isn't true, but I couldn't help noticing there was not a single source cited in the OP (?) - just pictures.
Some extraordinary claims...
As you can see, this extraordinary plant is one which every survivalist should know.
Food: 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
Why not share the studies / lab test / articles that have been done, making these claims.
And, the easiest way to procure/'farm' this weed (and, don't just say, "it's in between the sidewalk cracks")
Just some simple requests, to back up a great thread.
Thanks Squirrelnutz. You ask a very relevant question.
It would be entirely possible to have made this all up and you are right, these are extraordinary claims.
I have eaten Plantain many times and used it on myself for burns, infections and stings with good success.
Personal anecdotes aside, here are some sources -
Edible Wild Plants by Lee Allen Peterson, Peterson's Field Guides. Houghton-Mifflin Co, 1977. Page 46
Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants, Berkley Books, 1985, Pages 169-174
Medicinal Qualities -
Medicinal Plants by Steven Foster/James A. Duke, Peterson's Field Guides. Houghton-Mifflin Co, 1990. Page 72
American Indian Medicine by Virgil Vogel, University of Oklahoma Press, 1970. Pages 101,107, 128-129, 175.
Hamel, Paul B. and Mary U. Chiltoskey 1975 Cherokee Plants and Their Uses -- A 400 Year History. Sylva, N.C. Herald Publishing Co. (p. 50)
Rousseau, Jacques 1947 Ethnobotanique Abenakise. Archives de Folklore 11:145-182 (p. 172)
Swank, George R. 1932 The Ethnobotany of the Acoma and Laguna Indians. University of New Mexico, M.A. Thesis (p. 61)
Densmore, Frances 1928 Uses of Plants by the Chippewa Indians. SI-BAE Annual Report #44:273-379 (p. 348)
Bocek, Barbara R. 1984 Ethnobotany of Costanoan Indians, California, Based on Collections by John P. Harrington. Economic Botany 38(2):240-255 (p.
This is an excellent site that lists the chemical constituents of various plants, redefine search for each chemical indications and usage:
Other online resources:
All too often we simply assume that information someone presents is factual. Any claims made should be verifiable, particularly when it comes to wild
plants and their uses. I have a good library of plant reference books which I cross-check information from to ensure that such uses can be
substantiated. It is not uncommon for authors to simply copy information from others and perpetuate misinformation.
As for failing to include sources you are absolutely right, I should include them and will make an effort to do so in future postings. In all honesty
I didn't think to bother since my last plant post got zero replies.
I'm very happy that so many people are genuinely interested in wild plants and their uses whether or not survival is an issue.
To all who have responded and made contributions in thread all I can say is Thank you all, very much!
edit on 23-4-2011 by Asktheanimals
because: added commentary