Don’t kill the plants. Eat them (Plantain Herb)


Apocalypse story lines are really popular right now. I sure love a good zombie show or a movie which involves the world freezing over. These “what would you do” situations have always fascinated me.

What would you eat?” is always my first question. Supermarkets would quickly be scavenged for food and homes raided thereafter. So, how would one live?

Returning to our ancestral roots, or innate animal instincts, is a common survival theme in these end of the world scenarios. Agriculture has been our mainstay for thousands of years. But what if you don’t already have a garden? Or what if it’s been forged by trespassers?

At this time, I’ll retreat from the sci-fi animation and step into the practical. You probably have food growing through the cracks in your driveway. Once called “White Man’s Foot” by the Native Americans, plantain are amazingly medicinal. Leaves are edible and somewhat similar to spinach, although slightly more bitter, and can be used in salads or other culinary uses.

Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the plantain leaf make it great for healing wounds, and other skin aliments. Indigestion and stomach upset can be eased by making a tea. There is even some investigation into it ability to lower blood sugar.

Coagulation of blood might also be helpful in certain survival situations, and this happens to be something plantains can help with. Although, cautious must be taken by those with blood disorders.

Plantains are just one of thousands of little known food sources that are right under our nose. You might be surprised to hear that pine needles, rose hips, grass, and dandelions are also quite edible, and filled with vitamins. Although, I’d be careful with grass. It’s hard to digest and better to juice. Cautions should also be taken to make sure vegetation is not coated in chemicals.

Do your own digging. You never know, one day it might just save your life.


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