Week #39 featured

So, there are a lot of different plants out there right?

So many of them have these unique healing properties.

Here’s an example of one of those plants….

It’s about this weed that has some pretty cool properties. I had a chance to try it out this week, and it worked so well I had to share.   Watch the video and find out how a plant called plantain can help relieve the itch from an insect bite. (3:00)

So to recap:

Have you ever heard of plantain? I don’t mean the starchy vegetable that looks like a banana (I can talk about that some other time).

I am talking about the plant plantain, you probably consider it a weed, a nuisance, and it’s everywhere (well, at least in North America, Europe and Asia). Here in Canada, you can find it in most backyards.

What does it look like?

The plantain plant has ovalish shaped leaves that surround a long green pointed flower that sticks up in the middle.

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The plantain leaf is pretty distinctive looking as the veins of the leaf run up from the stem (usually about 5-7 veins).

 

Look familiar?

What does it do?

The plantain has many uses both internally and topically. It can be taken internally in formulas to help with kidney/bladder problems, sore throats and bronchitis.

But that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about.

I wanted to share how effective this plant is when use topically. I tried it last week, and it worked like a charm.

My son came to me and showed me two massive mosquito bites on his leg. He was quite distressed about how itchy they were – and by distressed, I mean he was close to tears (don’t tell him I told you that…)

I decided to give this plantain thing a shot, so I went outside and only had to go as far as my back yard to find some plantain leaves.

I brought them inside, washed them off and chewed them up a bit and placed it on my son’s leg and left it for 5 minutes.

Five minutes later we removed the plant, and he said that it was only slightly itchy. Ten minutes later he said that it wasn’t itchy at all.   Based on how distressed he was, I was floored. My son then told me I needed to make a video about it because “it was so awesome!” (Then he asked me if he could be in it ;)).

How do you do it?

So next time you get an annoying mosquito bite, this all you need to do….

Find some plantain, chew it up and apply it to the bite. Leave it for 5-10 minutes (you can use some tape to hold it down if you want) and then you are good to go.

Note:  Make sure that the plantain leaf is clean and isn’t in an area that is sprayed with pesticide.

And that’s it – it works like a charm.

If you prefer, you don’t have to chew it up yourself, you can bring it inside, chop it up with a knife and add a little hot water before adding it to the bite.

But, if you are out and about, just chew it up and apply….and let the magic happen….

Give it a shot – it works really well….

Thanks so much for watching!

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