Walking along a road, especially unkempt roads of which there are many in SA, you may see a bit of green peeping out at places---many of these are the “weeds that heal.”
Those weeds are so powerful that even a concrete covering does not hold them back-----like a good karate guy they can crack concrete—so consider what kind of strength do they have when applied to healing if they are so properly directed.
Imagine plantain grabbing your mucous stuff in your throat and getting rid of that sinusitis and cough with the same kind of strength that it karate chops cement—that is the kind of healing found in natures’ medicine kit and it is free if you recognize it.
What is does to bronchitis is steady and slow and the chest will recover for a long time with no side effects. It works with a slow acting, gentle triple whammy.
Some people respond immediately to herbal medication, others slower—as preventative medicine it works easily and generally has no side effects and conflicts with ordinary medicines.
Our asthma and floo teas have liberal doses of plantain-----the CCC fighter—cough cold catarrh.
Because it has a strengthening effect on the mucous membrane, we add it to the ulcer and tummy tea.
Often, we are hassled with a skin rash or bite of unknown origin---rub a bit of leaf on the sore place and relief follows.
When you are bitten by a bee, Quickfix-rub plantain leaf on the bite asap---good results for most people.
For the long term it is fun to watch for the street herbs—obviously they grow wild in the countryside and its unlikely that you would miss it once you have noted it.
Plantain has been used since early days---the old herbalists were using it during the Roman times at least 30BC---it has a long record of success---its lasted longer than any empire or corporation---the force is strong in that one.
A few leaves with boiling water gives a nice tea—draw for 10 minutes so it makes a strong drink—it does not taste too bad—has a minimal earthy taste and with lemon it has a pleasant taste.
For the skin and insect bites its easier to rub the leaf on the spot---
some of the ingredients have been found to be anti bacterial and anti inflammatory and gargling with a cold maceration of plantain soothes any oral and throat infections.in this case make a smoothie with the herb and gargle with that--heating kills the active substances aglycone and aucubigenin which have this effect.
Guidance with professional health practitioners from the naturopath, sangoma,dietician, alternative healer to MD is an responsible course of action with anything you take for your health.