Wild first aid plants for the survivalist. (A bit more raw and unedited text from the next handbook I’m writing) more can be found in the blog posts at www.coastalsurvival.com
This plant of a thousand leaves, or as the Latin partly translates, also taking part of its Latin name from the famous Achilles, who reputedly used the plant on his troops to stop the bleeding from the wounds undertaken during the battles. Its also well documented that it has been used for sore or bleeding gums etc by our hunter gather ancestors. Basically its great at stopping any bleeding and aiding the healing of wounds, so defiantly one to get familiar with.
During flowering the small white multi headed stems are great to brew in a tea when you have been ill, are ill or sick etc. the restorative and immune system warming effects are most beneficial. Taken in combination with other wild medicines, it speeds up transition, helping get the medicine there, in layman’s terms. The fresh leaves can be chewed or crushed to apply directly to a cut, pressure will also need to be applied if its”a bad cut” and pressured blood vessels are severed. The dried and powder flowers can be used in the same way. Brewing any part of the plant will make a good herbal tea.
There are several different plantains, mariners, buckshorn, greater large leaf and lance leaf or ribwort.
They all work in similar ways but look different, with one common characteristic, the flowering part and seed head, often referred to as “rats tail” although the length and size of them varies in each individual case.
Probably one of the most useful plants to the survivalist regarding first aid, an all rounder so to speak, stopping bleeding, working as an excellent anti inflammatory for the skin and soft tissue, it will also raise impact wounds such as animal bites or impaled sticks etc. Insect bites are also eased by its magic. For all the fore mentioned ailments, a poultice of the chewed leaves is applied, all the time the poultice is still moist, it will work!