This little weed is one of the most useful medicines on the planet


You’ve stepped on it, ignored it, and tried to eradicate it from your lawn. However, this innocuous little weed is one of the most useful medicines on the planet, just begging to be harvested.

Plantain has often been the go-to remedy for hikers plagued by mosquitos. Because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes. Bandage the area and allow the plantain to work its magic for 4-12 hours. Plantain may also be used to create a balm for emergency kits, or an infusion used as a skin or general wash. It is also a notable, soothing remedy for hemorrhoids.There are two major types of plantain in BC, Canada: Lance and Broadleaf. Generally, all 200-plus varieties of plantain yield the same results. It grows especially well in poor, rocky soil (such as driveways) and is often seen alongside dandelion. More often than not, you will see plantain growing in gravel pits and construction sites as nature seeks to regenerate the soil. Introduced to North America in the 1600s, it was once called “White Man’s Foot” by the Native Americans who witnessed that where the Europeans tread and disrupted the soil, plantain sprung up.
Plantain is renowned for its healing effect on the digestive system. This is especially useful for anyone who has been damaged by antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or pain medications, food allergies, or Celiac disease. Both leaves and seeds specifically target the digestive system for healing. The leaves may be steeped as tea, added to soups, or dried with a sauce similar to kale chips. The seeds – a type of psyllium – can be ground or soaked for bulk mucilage or absorbable fibre, which, consumed before meals, may help with weight loss.

Because plantain is a gentle expectorant and high in silica, an infusion can be helpful for lung problems, coughs, and colds.

Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis. Add to salads, chew to ease thirst, or enjoy in stir fries. This versatile wild vegetable will keep you in good health for years to come!

– Prescription for Herbal Healing: 2nd Edition – Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
– Hygieia: A Woman’s Herbal – Jeannine Parvati
– Healing Secrets of the Native Americans – Porter Shimer
– The New Age Herbalist – Richard Mabey

About The Author :  Jess Smith

Jess Smith is a healer and raw wildcrafter living in the Fraser Valley, BC Canada. A lifelong student and advocate of herbal medicine, she grew up foraging the forests of BC. She runs a complementary healing practice, and, with her toddler, she enjoys teaching others about the wild abundance outside our…
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Is Poland’s long – lost ‘gold train’ a Nazi trap?

F108B4 epa04891209 (FILE) A file picture dated 09 November 2014 of an old mine shaft at the Old Mine Science and Art Centre in Walbrzych, Poland. Reports on 21 August 2015 state that two residents of the south-western community of Walbrzych have discovered an armoured train full of Nazi gold but are keeping its location to themselves until their demands for a 10 per cent fee of its worth are met. An underground Nazi complex, known as Riese (Giant), did operate near Walbrzych during World War II. It is believed that significant portions of the complex's industrial operations were moved underground a


Officials say they’re zeroing in on the fabled German haul, but they’re warning away new treasure hunters looking to solve the mystery and cash in.
WARSAW — Seventy years after the end of World War II, Poland could be on the verge of solving the mystery of a long-rumored “gold train” believed to be tucked away in the country’s southwestern corner. According to legend, a train laden with gold departed the then-German city of Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland) around the start of 1945, as the Nazis braced for defeat. It never reached its destination, and its whereabouts have fascinated generations of treasure hunters.Now the answer seems closer than ever—but it could contain some nasty surprises, officials warn.

There is a growing sense that this time is for real, after various false alarms over the years. The clues point to the area around Wałbrzych, a city of some 120,000 inhabitants southwest of Wrocław.

Piotr Żuchowski, head of conservation at Poland’s ministry of culture, said at a Friday press conference that he is more than 99 percent sure that this is the “gold train.”

“This is an unprecedented find. Until now, we found only tanks and guns, and now there’s to be a train that’s over 100 meters long,” he said. “I have seen clear, ground-penetrating radar photos of the underground train.” Seeing is believing, it seems.

The buzz began this month when two unidentified men, a Pole and a German, claimed to have found the storied train. They contacted authorities in Wałbrzych via a law firm, but refused to reveal the train’s exact location until they were guaranteed 10 percent of the value of what’s inside.

The news struck a chord with many others who have long sought to find the train. With its complex network underground of tunnels designed by the Nazis, the surrounding hills of Lower Silesia have plenty of space to hide a train—even one 100 meters long.

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Aussies call for vote on republicanism…

Treasurer Hockey said to be at forefront of renewed push for referendum about republic within five years.
Fitzsimons said: "Hopefully the stars will align and we will get an Australian prime minister and an Australian opposition leader who are both republicans." Photo / Supplied
Fitzsimons said: “Hopefully the stars will align and we will get an Australian prime minister and an Australian opposition leader who are both republicans.” Photo / Supplied

Australian campaigners are calling for a vote on breaking away from the British monarchy within five years as the country’s federal Treasurer leads a renewed push for a republic.

Peter FitzSimons, the newly appointed chairman of the Australian Republican Movement (Arm), argued for a national plebiscite within five years, to be followed by a constitutional referendum, in a rousing speech in Canberra. FitzSimons said that Joe Hockey, the federal Treasurer, was co-convener of a new parliamentary advocacy group supporting an Australian republic – which will pit him against his Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, once leader of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

He said a referendum asking for a simple “yes” or “no” about having an Australian head of state would produce a powerful “yes” result.

Recent polling suggests 47 per cent of Australians support replacing the Queen as head of state.

Hockey, who belongs to the ruling Liberal Party, is a long-time member of Arm and supported the failed republican bid in the 1999 referendum.


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Acknowledgements: – NZ Herald

Strawman – The nature of the cage…

Strawman – The Nature of the Cage is a cutting edge documentary like no other. It highlights the truth around debt, the Legal Fiction, Lawful and Legal, Debt Collectors, Bailiffs, and modern day Policing. The film gives a detailed overview as to how you can address these issues in your personal life, offering knowledge on how to Lawfully deal with any kind of authority, if you haven’t broken any Laws.

Far-right activists planning to “leave America before god destroys it”…

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Wikimedia


Religious Right activists have compared the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and Pearl Harbor, warning of imminent divine judgment and civil war.

“No matter what, the Court’s ruling does not upend millennia of truth,” former Rep. Michele Bachmann said. “Many Americans will choose to follow God’s ways rather than this Court and they should suffer no penalty for doing so. The Court has flung open the gate to lawsuits from those pushing the gay agenda against those who disagree with same sex marriage.