I collected a nice bag of wild plantain (plantago major) yesterday. I have used it in the past as base for green smoothie, shredded greens in soup and of course in a salad with fruit and nuts to balance the sour bite.
I have not harvested or eaten the seeds yet- though they are edible cooked or raw- the challenge will be harvesting the tiny seeds from the tough stalk.
Plantain is very high in beta carotene(Vitamin A precursor) plus vitamins B1, C and K.
It has a lot of calcium as well as : allantion, apigenin, aucubin, baicalein, linoleic acid, oleanolic acid, sorbitol, and tannins. Allantoin promotes wound healing; Acubin is a powerful anti-toxin.
These substances together give plantain exceptional antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and expectorant properties.
Medical research show its usefulness for asthma,bladder problems,blood sugar control bronchitis, emphysema, fever, hypertension, rheumatism.
Plantain is a powerful detoxifier. Plantain can be used as a poultice on the skin to draw out venom from snake bites and bee or hornet stings. Use a poultice of mashed leaves, in an emergency chew with saliva, and place on infected area.
It has antibacterial properties and a poultice will also draw out thorns or splinters.
It has some use as a tobacco control aid. It causes an aversion to tobacco and has been used in blend to help smokers quit.
The only cost is time- and maybe a pair of scissors…..