Broadleaf plantain is one of the best weeds you can expect in your home garden. It is a hardy weed that can be found growing through cracks in the pavement in many cities. Broadleaf plantain was reportedly brought to North America by Puritan colonists and earned the name “white man’s footprint” because of how well it settled on the disturbed soil around European settlements.
Instead of pulling and tossing, try sautéing the leaf in a pan with olive oil. You will be surprised to learn that weeds are rich in nutrients. Here are the 8 biggest health benefits of broadleaf plantain.
The broadleaf plantain is “filled” with iron. Eat it with spinach and mushrooms for a natural increase in iron.
Experts say that this plant is a surprising source of calcium. Remember, calcium is important for strong bones, it helps regulate muscle and nerve function.
This vitamin helps stop bleeding. The next time your child falls on the sidewalk, look for plantain leaves around you. Crush the leaves and apply directly to the bleeding, as recommended by experts.
This plant contains allantoin, a compound that helps regenerate the skin. To treat rashes, burns, cuts, and wounds, make a balm from the leaves, coconut oil, and beeswax. Add a handful of washed and dried leaves to an 8-ounce heat-resistant jar. To the top with 4 oz. coconut oil. Put the jar in the pot and fill the jar with water so that the jar is half immersed in the water. Let the oil simmer and diffuse over low heat for 2 hours. Then strain the plantain leaves. Add 1/2 ear of beeswax to the oil and return the jar to the bowl to dissolve the beeswax. Pour the solution into small jars and allow it to cool. Keep your DIY balm on hand and apply it as needed.
The broadleaf plantation contains aucubin, a potent antimicrobial agent. Helps disinfect cuts and scratches. You can also use an ointment to treat acne.
You will be amazed to learn that broadleaf plantain naturally extracts toxins from bee stings and insect stings. It is also an effective defense against poison oak, ivy, and sumac. Apply the crushed leaves directly to the affected area as soon as possible.
Broadleaf plantain helps with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. To treat external inflammation, brew a strong cup of plantain tea. Allow to cool, then pour into a spray bottle. Spray the affected area for quick relief.
If you suffer from heartburn, indigestion, or irritable bowel syndrome, experts recommend a cup of plantain tea after a meal.