I’m not exactly sure when I first became interested in wild food and medicine, but these days I like to think of it as a bridge to the past. Long before we had big pharma, patented seeds and giant corporate farms our ancestors not only survived but thrived.
They say life was harsh and short-lived, but my great-grandmother, who was born during the Lincoln administration, lived on an organic farm to the ripe old age of 106, while my dad died at 66 from cancer after spending his working life in a factory surrounded by dangerous chemicals.
It seems to me that we have been bombarded by a vast amount of propaganda that allows men who care little about the consequences of the poisons they bring into the world to line their pockets. Instead, I choose to take ownership of my health by using wild foods and medicines rather than the unnatural things they manufacture in their labs.
One such herb is Plantain, not to be confused with the banana-like fruit with the same name. This herb is another one of those nutritious plants labeled a noxious weed that appears seemingly out of nowhere in disturbed soil. I admire its will to survive. Despite our best efforts to eradicate it from the garden, it won’t be denied its right to live and thrive in this beautiful world.
But it doesn’t just survive, Plantain gives back to those willing to give it try. Among other things, herbalist use it to boost liver function, cleanse kidneys, or heal a gut. Harvest the young leaves for herbal tea loaded with Vitamins A, C, and a good dose of minerals, including Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Phosphorous, and Calcium. It can also added to stews and salads
To your good health.