By Rebecca Potter
Chances are you walked by the plantain plant today, but might not have noticed it since most people consider it a weed. What most people don’t know is how useful this little “weed” is. Native Americans called it “snakeweed” because it’s so useful for healing snakebites. Finding some plantain nearby after getting bitten by a snake would come in pretty handy if you didn’t have any first aid supplies with you.
And since plantain grows everywhere in the world, you can find it anywhere you go. This makes it easy for you to stock up on it for a rainy day. And for those sunny days when you’re out enjoying the outdoors and come across some unfriendly poison ivy, pull out your plantain for relief.
Why plantain? It is one of our best herbs for naturally drawing out any kind of infection or toxin, and is especially useful for blood poisoning, insect bites and stings. Once I was out in nature and ended up with a strange rash on my arms. Looking around, I quickly found some plantain and put the leaves on my arms and received instant relief. The reason plantain is so powerful is because it’s a wonderful alterative herb, meaning that it cleans and corrects impure conditions of the blood and the eliminative tissues and organs. You can even kill intestinal worms with plantain tea!
Do you have kids who wet the bed? Try plantain! It’s an herbal diuretic and greatly beneficial for kidney and bladder problems, dropsy and water retention. Do you have kids who get a lot of cuts and wounds? Use plantain on them to stop minor bleeding while simultaneously acting as a natural antiseptic, healing the cut fast. It’s probably growing along the sidelines of your kid’s soccer field, so just grab a few leaves. It also works well for sores, scratches, sunburn, ulcers and any damaged tissue that needs healing.
If you aren’t a fan of the dentist (and who is?) try digging up some plantain root to chew on to help with those pesky toothaches. It’s much cheaper and safer than the dentist’s chair. Isn’t it fun and empowering turning to nature’s medicinal cabinet for anything we need?
Our Saxon ancestors esteemed plantain as one of their nine sacred herbs, and I figure with honors like that, it should be included in the Essential Survival Herb Kit as well.
Essential Survival Herb Kits Now Available!
The BRAND-NEW, totally exclusive Essential Survival Herb Kit comes with 9 of the most powerful and versatile herbs available. These organic/wildcrafted herbs are the perfect combination to have on hand for first aid, medical preparedness, and general natural healing.
Whether you are a total newbie with herbalism, you’ve dabbled in herbalism some, or you are an expert on herbs, this kit will help you:
- Become acquainted with 9 of herbs most useful for a wide variety of ills, including heart problems, circulation, skin eruptions, broken bones, stress, fevers, blood purifying, digestion, and much more,
- Learn about the specific properties and uses for each of these 9 herbs,
- Learn how to make your own herbal tinctures, fomentations, poultices, infusions, and decoctions in 3 concise, informative videos produced exclusively for Essential Survival by Master Herbalist Rebecca Potter,
- Feel more confident in taking the next steps in herbalism important for medical preparedness, such as growing your own herbs.
Rebecca Potter is a lifelong student of herbalism, a lover of herbs and natural healing. She feels passionately about sharing her knowledge and experience with herbs to empower all to achieve the greatest possible health potential. She received her Master Herbalist degree from The School of Natural Healing, and teaches herbal classes in her local area of Salt Lake City. In addition to her herbal classes, Rebecca enjoys doing personalized herbal consultations, is involved in an integrative health clinic, and performs a variety of key functions at Essential Survival, LLC. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.
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