|Plaintain - Plantago major|
Thankfully, it grows everywhere. I see it growing in pavement cracks:
Found in turf:
You can find it nearly anywhere. It likes disturbed soil too. You can find it along roadsides - you name it. Plantain has such a huge tolerance for drought, sunny spots and for shade too.
I get stung by wasps weekly and if it were not for Plantain, I would be rather miserable and unable to cope with working outdoors.
Please familiarize yourself to ID this plant.
Deep leaf veins
Leathery thick foliage
Dark green foliage
Flat growth habit: it can grow right along the ground - gets missed by the lawn mower
Leaves are joined at one base
In soil, there are usually more than one plant grouped together, like in the very first photo above
If you're lucky, you'll see its flower and seed stalk. It stands above the foliage and looks like a bottle brush. Brown when aged and seeds are ripe.
How to use: once your skin gets bitten or stung, take a leaf and squish it between your fingers to release the plant juice.
Rub all over the bitten/stung area with this mushy, wet paste. Within seconds, you begin to notice the difference. Get another leaf and repeat.
Yesterday, I was stung by a hornet. I will admit, it took about 3 leaves worth of paste, but finally the pain subsided after a minute or two - to the point where I could continue working without a throbbing hand. I react to hornet stings terribly.
I also use the leaves when I have a blister. I take a fresh leaf and place it over my toe or the ankle and then put on my shoe. The leaf, remaining intact, relieves the soreness and the hurt from the blister as I walk and move about.
Plantago major has active chemical compounds in its leaves: aucubin (which is an anti-microbial agent), allantoin (which helps stimulate cellular growth) and mucilage (which helps reduce pain, swelling and discomfort).
Several books I read, state it is edible and used medicinally for other health benefits. It can also be used to help ease the discomfort of poison ivy.
Overall - a God send. I have transplanted several on my property. I always have an ample supply and don't remove it from my lawn.
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