Broadleaf Plantain: The Plant with Many Uses
Disclaimer: This article is meant to be for the discussion of and the medicinal uses of a plant and not medical advise. Those who choose to test run such is doing so at their own discretion. It isn't recommended to just go out and grab plants to test with if you aren't an experienced hiker or botanist or know what you are doing. It also is not advised to use in the instance of a serious medical emergency or as a treatment for underlying conditions. You have been warned.
In the natural world, there are an abundance of plants with many potentials at hand. In one hand, they have the power to give life and help the body recover from ailments. In the other, some yield the power to take life and cause complications to the environment. Every plant holds a use, but it's in the hands of the user to decide what the intent and purpose is. From fruits to weeds, every plant has a use. To many others, this plant is nothing more than a useless weed that ruins their gardens and yards. However, unknown to many in the modern world, this plant is simply more than just a problematic weed.
Known as Plantago major to scientist, Broadleaf Plantain is a plant common to many parts of the world including the Americas and Europe, but originally native to Europe until the colonization of the Americas. The natives have even dubbed the plant "White Man's Foot" because it grew in the areas where colonists first set up settlements. The plant spreads through winds primarily, but creatures can carry the seeds unknowingly too as a means for the plant to complete it's life cycle and prefers to grow anywhere where humans may have disturbed the area. Common place for it now days is in yards, fields, and really anywhere humans have set foot.
When it comes to the uses and purposes of this plant, this plant holds a broad range of uses. In terms of medicinal properties, it contains a number of bioactive compounds that promote healing in a number of ways. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, a weak antibiotic, a source of antioxidants, and more. This can be done through making the plant a poultice/cataplasm and applied to the site of affliction held in place by a cloth or bandage and can be used for a number of afflictions including minor cuts and abrasions, sores , poison ivy and oak, and even bug stings and bug bites and help prevent infection.
In terms of consumption, the plant is edible and is high in calcium, Vitamin A, C, and K. When made into a tea, the properties of it can also be used to treat diarrhea as well as dysentery while returning lost vitamins and minerals to the afflicted person. The roots of the plantain can also be used for the treatment of fever and respiratory infections. Even the seeds can be used as a laxative. All and all, this is a plant that is a Swiss army knife in the plant world.