Plantain, Profile and Uses

This article comes from frugallivingontheranch.com

by watkinsranches

This is another one of the herbs that I like. It grows almost everywhere and was one of the first herbs I started using.

Habitat and Description

Plantain is a lot like dandelions, it is considered a weed, and it grows almost everywhere, in yards, fields, meadows, and roadsides.

It is native to Europe and parts of Asia but is said to have been introduced to North America when the settlers came from Europe.

Plantain is a low growing perennial plant the leaves are broad and oval shaped. The seeds and tiny flowers extend just about the full length of the spikes. Ribwort plantain leaves are narrower and the seeds and tiny flowers are at the end of the long stocks. The stocks holding the tiny flowers grow up from the roots. A sure way of identifying plantain is to take a close look at the leaves. The leaves have very strong and deep veins which extend in a vertical direction. If the veins of the leaves are in a horizontal direction it is not a plantain.

It also goes by the names English plantain, Englishman’s foot, white man’s footsteps, ripplegrass, snakeweed, Broad-leaved Plantain, Ribwort, narrow leaved plantain.

As with dandelions you need to be careful where you harvest it make sure it hasn’t been sprayed with anything and don’t collect from the roadside. Plantain can be harvested from spring to fall.

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Comments

  1. Retired Navy Spook 27 February, 2017, 12:28

    In the last two weeks there have been 25 survival/prepper article posted at Oath Keepers. Prior to that such articles were pretty rare. Not complaining, but does someone know something that the rest of us should know?

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  2. Joe 27 February, 2017, 23:01

    These are scary times for sure. We’re currently storing seeds, and gathering equipment to sustain a community like they did back in the 1800’s. We’ve also secured a few gold claims. We’ve got horsemen/women, blacksmiths, woodworkers, leather workers, and looms. My team here has started to look at things as though we’d have to start society all over. Preparing with canned goods and other supplies are great, for a short while, but long term preparedness is equally important. Our team here will be able to receive “refugees,” if things go south. By refugees, I mean fellow veterans, patriots, and supporters of our Constitutional freedoms and human rights.

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    • Shorty Dawkins Author 27 February, 2017, 23:22

      Joe,

      Thanks for sharing your story. I would that everyone was as serious about their preparations as you and your team seem to be. God bless and keep you all.

      Shorty Dawkins

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      • Joe 28 February, 2017, 10:11

        The planned location is private. I am putting together a couple websites, and private chats to better connect with those that are willing to help. We cannot defend our country and our ways of life without each other. They say it takes a community to raise a child. The same can be said about protecting freedom.

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