Before you decide to pull it, kill or mow it away without a second thought, consider some of it’s many beneficial uses!
Eat it up. The broad-leaf plantain, as shown in the photos, can actually be used as a food. Pick the leaves of this perennial plant when they are young and add them to salads. You can also consume the seeds, either raw or cooked.
Drink it down! The plantain leaves can be made into an herbal tea. Take 2-4 leaves and add them to hot water and steep. It will help rid inflammation in the body and is also a great aid in removing toxins from the body. Got a cough? Drinking this tea will help! Plantain has natural expectorant properties that are great for afflictions of the lungs, such as bronchitis.
Soak it up. Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Don’t discount it’s ability to help in healing. Got some pain? Have a headache? Make a tea from the plantain leaves (try using a crockpot or pot in the stove) and soak up the steeped goodness with some washcloths or towels. Lay them on the painful areas and feel those aches dissolve. I recommend this method to ease headache pain.
Add it to your first aide kit. Yup, this ugly little plant is a fantastic addition to your medicine cupboard or first aide kit. It can be applied topically to reduce discomfort associated with bug bites and stings. Break or crush the leaves to help release the plant’s juices and apply to the affected area. It’s also great to have on hand to stop bleeding. Just crush some of the leaves and apply them to the area that’s bleeding.