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Broadleaf Plantain-Weed or Herb or Hero?

The entire broadleaf plantain plant is edible from seed to root. This plant is not related to the fruit plantain. It is high in Vitamin A as well as C & K, Zinc, Potassium and Silica and rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. You may see it along paths and in yards. The seeds are resilient and can remain viable in the soil for ages. I find in out in the country where I live when the soil is compacted. I harvest it where it is out of my footpath and from any route of the lawnmower. I use it fresh or dry it to be crumbled into broths or soups. Early in the Spring the tender leaves can be added for salad.

The leaves have anti-itch properties and can soothe bug bites. It also lowers inflammation. Plantain can improve digestion, be wonderful in tea and treat coughs and bronchitis and ease cold/sinus congestion and allergies.


When the leaves are used fresh, they must be crushed, chewed or bruised to release there healing oils. You can also dry the leaves and work them into a poultice to treat insect bites or scrapes. It helps stop bleeding and supports tissue regeneration and is naturally antiseptic. Amazingly it also brings splinters to the surface for removal.


Plantain also reduces toxin-based health issues

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