Plantain is a plant we all have in our garden or sidewalk – we usually step on it and try to get the weed out of the ground. However, newest studies have shown that the plant is more than just a weed – it’s actually full of essential nutrients that are highly beneficial for our health.
There are two types of plantain – Broadleaf and Lance. The plant grows in rocky soil and can be often noticed along dandelion. Plantain can grow literally anywhere, and can even be seen on construction sites and gravel pits as well. In the past, it was known as “The White Man’s Foot” as it started growing again even after Europeans destroyed the soil.
Plantain is often used by hikers to repel mosquitoes, but it can also be useful to people suffering from Celiac disease, allergies, inflammation or pain. The seeds and leaves both can relieve numerous digestive problems and can be used in the form of tea or simply added to soups and stews. The seeds are full of fiber which can improve your digestion and promote weight loss.
Due to its high silica content and the fact that it’s a known expectorant, plantain can be used against a variety of respiratory problems. Experts recommend this “weed” against digestive problem, menstrual pain and arthritis, so put a few leaves of it in your salads or soups and enjoy the benefits it offers.
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