Plantain, A Common Driveway Weed, Is One Of Nature’s Most Powerful Medicines

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The plantain weed sprouts up in a number of places around our homes—from gardens to cracks in the driveway—but most of us pay no mind. However, the little, common weed is actually a big blessing in disguise. Within the “magical” herb is the power to improve your health drastically. It can clear acne, treat arthritis and even aid in women’s menstrual cycle.

Plantain heals wounds.

One of the many health benefits of plantain is its ability to heal wounds and bug bites. shows that “because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters or rashes.”

Plantain helps digestion.

Another healthy aspect of Plantain is it counters digestive problems. Reports say the plant’s leaves and seeds can clean the digestive track, restore an injured gut lining to normal levels and reduce inflammation.

Plantain can improve your breathing by clearing congestion.

Plantain can break down congestion and mucus, which makes it a great treatment for many respiratory issues.

In David Hoffmann’s  Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine, he wrote, “Plantain acts as a gentle expectorant while soothing inflamed and sore membranes, making it ideal for coughs and mild bronchitis.”

Plantain can help treat hemorrhoids.

In the book, Hoffmann also noted, “Plantain is one of Western herbalism’s primary, topical, healing agents—used as a lotion, ointment, compress or poultice for cuts and bruises. It may be applied topically for hemorrhoids and skin ulcerations.”

“Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body.”

Almost every disease of the human body can be treated by plantain—re: Dr. Finley Ellingwood, MD, The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy (Ellingwood’s Therapeutist, 1919). He also availed that plantain is perfect treatment nearly all blood diseases and a wide array of other problems.

“Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis,” Life Advancer stated of plantain’s alleviating properties. “Add to salads, chew to ease thirst or enjoy in stir fries. This versatile, wild vegetable will keep you in good health for years to come!”

Next time you see a plantain sprout up in your driveway, look to the skies—for you have been blessed with a miracle.


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