Ulog 108: My Massive Plantain: Oops! I Didn't Mean For This To Happen

in powerhousecreatives •  last month  (edited)

Just like with my comfrey plant, I have a love-hate relationship with plantain around the homestead.

I love to see the beautiful leaves grow bigger and bigger, I like to see the flowers bloom... but I detest how they both are garden ground cover hogs!

Usually when plantain begins to grow a little larger than normal, I'll pluck off some leaves to dehydrate and make salves and lotions and then weed them out. But this year I decided to let one grow larger than the normal. This was not due to premeditated thinking either... No, this was due to not being able to garden as much as I have in the past years. It was all because I am not able to get down in there and really weed, garden and do my gardening tasks as I'm still experiencing elongated discomfort and prolonged recovery from last year's accident.

This frustrates me beyond words!

But back to the plantain...

This weed as many view it has such value. The uses are endless and I do try to get my fair share of it in the summer to have on hand in the weed off-season.

My plantain first aid salve made earlier this year.

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Some of my favorite ways use to plantain are:

  • Salves
  • Lotions
  • Tinctures

Plantain has so many health benefits too:

  • Soothes insect/mosquito bites & bee stings (salve or lotion)
  • Helps soothe sunburn (salve or lotion)
  • Aids in healing of scrapes and bruises (make a poultice from the leaves)
  • Helps reduce inflammation and breakouts of acne and skin blemishes (salve or lotion)
  • As a tincture in tea for your digestive and urinary tracts

Have no fear, I did end up pulling out this plantain as I have more than enough leaves for what I need now.

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I make a "spit poultice" from the plantain leaves whenever I have a spider bite or some insect bite that itches A LOT! Not only does it numb the bite but it numbs my mouth a little while I masticate the leaf.

And I can understand ambivalence towards plantain. I just weed-wack it in places that it seems to be bothersome since I know it is a beneficial plant. I have a lot of beneficial plants that would like to take over my gardens. It's a never ending battle to find balance but it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. ;-)

I didn't know that it numbed.
However it also draws... pulls out the poison from the bite.

Right, that's why I put it on my spider bite. ;-)

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Great article. I'd love to see more about how you (personally) make your salve, etc. And how you use your tincture, etc.

My personal observation - and something I saw mentioned in another text where Natives used plantain on rattlesnake bite - even advanced cases...
Plantain has "drawing" properties... i.e. it pulls out the poison.

In a pinch, you can substitute or mix plantain with dock weed. It works almost as well.

Howdy goldendawne! that's an amazing plant but I didn't know it was such a ground cover hog that takes alot of work to control! I doubt if we'll be adding that one.

That's great to see how differently it can be used. I have no idea on this.

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When I feel off my bike I chewed some plantain and then rubbed it on my bruised and scraped elbow and it worked wonders! How do you make the salve?