The Plantain Poultice for Healing Wounds

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The big world of healing plants and trees is a lot for people to take in.

Learning which plants do what is the easy part. After you can identify those plants then you need to practice using them.

This is even more of an undertaking than learning what all of them are. You can walk by some comfrey and learn what it is and what it looks like.

In order to use it you need to collect and process that plant and you might need to do it over and over.  This is the second part of the process that most people don’t even make it to.

The best advice that can be given is to do something easy to start. The most easy thing you can create, in terms of wild medicine, is a plantain poultice.

Plantain is a wild plant that grows in most yards. It has nothing to do with the banana looking plantain and you probably have some growing in your yard right now.  This plant have ovular lobed leaves and grows in bunches. Trust me, you have seen it.

To create a poultice for a cut or scrape, you can hardest about 15-20 leaves. From here you are going to process them in a mortar and pestle or some other grinding tool. The butt end of a knife over a stone can get the job done as well.

Some people say that you can chew the leaves to process them. The human mouth is full of bad bacteria so I wouldn’t recommend that.

Once you have a paste of processed plantain you can spread it over the cut or scrape and cover the whole thing. Use gauze if its a large area or a band aid for a small cut.

In the wilderness you can use larger leaves to cover the poultice area. Maples and Paw Paw are nice big leaves to use.

The plantain poultice can be used to prevent against infection and hasten healing.

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