One of the most common weed is actually a cure-all medicine.
Plantain was one of the native plants brought over to the Americas by the English, and unlike a lot of their other ‘baggage’ this one actually comes in handy.
It is one of the most common weeds, and without realizing, you will probably walk past it several times a day in your garden, on footpaths and at the side of the road, there is a good chance there is some growing in your garden as you read this.
It was given the nickname ‘man’s foot’ as it was so common and seemed to sprout in any gap that it could find, particularly on well trodden paths, giving the impression that it grew in the imprint of footprints.
It is normally attacked with weed killer or dug out whenever people give their garden a bit of a spruce up. It can grow to be quite large, and the flowers are not particularly attractive, so naturally people think of it as a weed that needs to be gotten rid of.
What people don’t realize is that this ‘weed’ is actually a potent medicine that can cure a huge range of health problems, with the added plus that it is 100% natural (and free!)
Plantain is very high in nutrients and medicinal properties and has been said to help cure just about every ailment you can think of.
Below is a list of health problems plantain is said to be a cure for-
- Antibacterial – kills bacteria or prevents bacterial growth
- Antidote – combats toxins
- Astringent – stops bleeding and contracts tissues
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
- Antiseptic – kills of prevents microbial growth
- Antitussive – relieves coughing
- Cardiac – strengthens the heart
- Demulcent – soothes and protects mucus membranes
- Diuretic – removes excess water
- Expectorant – loosens mucus and aids its expulsion
- Haemostatic – stops bleeding (external)
- Laxative – relieves constipation
- Ophthalmic – relieves eye conditions
- Poultice – draws infection from a wound
- Refrigerant – cools the body and reduces fever by inducing sweating
- Vermifuge – kill parasitic worms
One of the most common uses for plantain is as a topical treatment for burns, wounds and stings. Applying come of the crushed leaves to the area quickly soothes and relieves pain, this method has been used for hundreds of years.
Chewing the leaves is great for relieving digestive problems, plantain leaves where one of the first versions of antacids.
Perhaps the most wonderful attribute of plantain is that it has been linked with helping fight against cancer. The leaves are high in oleanolic acid and ursolic acid, which are know to inhibit tumor growth.