Chances are you have mistaken this little plant as a weed! You may have even removed it from your lawn or garden! It looks like an ordinary lawn weed, but it actually has powerful medicinal properties in it!
This little plant is often mistaken for a weed. It is native to Asia and Europe! The weed can often be found growing out of the cracks of sidewalks and driveways, and it looks like a weed. however, it packs medicinal benefits, and it’s an herb! The herb is honestly everywhere! It is called a Plantain. It is a clumped perennial herb that is very dense, yet slender. It grows 3-30 cm long spikes.
It contains ingredients that are anti-inflammatory properties. It contains ingredients that help aid a wound, such as Tannin. Tannin works to draw tissues in together to stop bleeding. It also contains a chemical known as Allantoin. The compound promotes the healing of injured skin cells. There have been many studies on this herb and they have concluded that it can reduce high blood pressure, and the seeds of the plant might even reduce bad cholesterol levels. It is also believed that you can use the herb in a tea. You can use this tea to rinse your hair and it will prevent dandruff. Also, the strong fibers in the herb may be used to make thread or fishing line. It is amazing that a weed we see all the time has so many uses. People often mindlessly spray weed killer on these herbs without considering the possibility of it having benefits!
Young leaves of the herb can be eaten in a garden salad and sandwiches. As they age they become stringy and tough. Often to the point of where they are inedible. However, chopping the plant can make it easier to ingest. The Herb can also be used as a medicine. It can be used as a topical applicated substance for burns, sunburns, stings, or bites. The herb is known as a common folk remedy in Latin America for treating Cancer. It has been manipulated for its medicinal properties for centuries! It can also treat a sore throat, cough, bronchitis, Tuberculosis, and mouth sores.