Broadleaf plantain is one of the best weeds you can expect in your home garden. It is a durable weed that can be found in growing through cracks in the pavement in many cities. Broadleaf plantain is reported to have been brought to North America by the Puritan colonists and earned the name of “white man’s footprint” due to how well it established itself in disturbed soils surrounding 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 boost of iron.
Experts say 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. Next time your child falls on the pavement, look around for broadleaf plantain. Crush the leaves and apply directly to the bleeding cut, as recommended by experts
This plant contains allantoin, a compound that helps regenerate the skin. To treat rashes, burns, cuts, and sores, make a salve from leaves, coconut oil, and beeswax. Add a handful of washed and dried leaves to an 8-ounce heatproof jar. Top with 4 oz. of coconut oil. Put the jar in a saucepan and fill the jar with water so that the jar is half immersed in water. With the heat on low, let the oil simmer and diffuse for 2 hours. Then strain the plantain leaves. Add 1/2 ears of beeswax to the oil and place the jar back in the pan to dissolve the beeswax. Pour the solution into small jars and allow to cool. Keep your DIY salve on hand and apply as needed.
The broadleaf plantation contains auccubin, a potent antimicrobial agent. It helps to disinfect cuts and scrapes. You can also use the salve to treat acne.
You will be amazed to learn that a broadleaf plantain naturally extracts toxins from bee stings and insect bites. It is also an effective defense against poison oak, ivy, and sumac. Apply crushed leaves as soon as possible directly to the affected area.
Broadleaf plantain helps with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. To treat external inflammation, brew a strong cup of broadleaf plantain tea. Allow to cool, then pour into a spray bottle. Spritz affected area for quick relief.
If you suffer from heartburn, indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome, experts recommend a cup of plantain tea after meals.