Broadleaf Plantain

This herb is considered by many herbalists to be the best healing herb. Many consider it a weed, but the Plantain has many more uses.

They can be used to heal wounds, cure fevers, and draw out toxins from stings and bites, including snake bites. The older mature leaves are higher in phytochemicals and are better suited for medicinal use. The uses range from mosquito bites and rashes to kidney problems Ann’s gastrointestinal diseases. I’ll include some preparations below.

Broadleaf Plantain is also edible. The young tender leaves can be eaten fresh in a salad, but older leaves should be cooked.

-How to make a poultice-
Take a few leaves and crush them up in your palm or use a rock.

-Plantain tea-
Fresh plantain leaves – 1 cup
Water – 2 cups
Heat-proof bowl with fitting lid

Wash the plantain leaves thoroughly and keep it in a bowl with lid.
Boil the water and pour over the leaves in the bowl, cover with the lid and let them steep until the bowl is cold to touch.
Strain out the tea and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks

-Plantain tincture-

Plantain leaves washed and dried of excess moisture –
1 cup100 proof vodka or brandy –
1 pintGlass jar with tight-fitting lid

Put the leaves into a jar and pour the alcohol over it so that it completely covers the leaves and fills the jar. Use a glass rod to stir the mixture well. Put the lid on and place the jar in a dark place, giving it a good shake every few days. After 6-8 weeks, decant into clean bottles and store in a dark place

The tincture made with plantain leaves and 100% alcohol can last for two to three years without losing its potency.

It is a very potent remedy for cold, respiratory infections and ailments of the stomach. Use 10 drops under the tongue and hold for 30 seconds before swallowing. You can add 10 drops of the tincture into a glass of water and drink slowly. For external use, put a drop on boils and sores

Burns – Apply a poultice immediately and apply a bandage with leaves. Follow it up with a plantain salve.

Cuts and open sores – Stop bleeding from fresh cuts by applying crushed plantain leaves. Wash with plantain tea or diluted tincture (1 tbsp to a glass of water) to prevent infections and promote healing.

Boils and acne – Touch with a drop of tincture or apply salve

For mouth ulcers – Swish 2-3 Tbsp plantain tea in the mouth 3-4 times a day. You can use 1 tbsp of tincture diluted with a cup of water too.

For throat pain/infection – Gargle with plantain tea or diluted tincture. Take 5-10 drops of tincture under the tongue and ingest it slowly.

Dandruff and other scalp problems – Apply plantain tea or oil infusion to the scalp and wash off after an hour.

For poison ivy/sumac/oak – Apply a poultice immediately, and then wash the area with plantain tea. Apply plantain sludge (more details at the end of this article) until the stinging pain is gone

For sunburn – Apply fresh poultice or plantain sludge liberally. Wash the area with the tea and then apply the salve.

To improve liver and kidney function – Drink 1-2 glasses of plantain tea every day.

For relief from gastrointestinal inflammation – Take the tincture under the tongue or drink plantain tea.

For cold, flu, and respiratory infections – Take the tincture under the tongue or drink freshly brewed warm tea with honey

Always be positive your identifying plants properly.

Much love & many blessings!

-Jason

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Making better choices.

I’ve struggled with my weight since high school. I’ve recently started making some better choices food wise. I’ve cut out meat and have gone vegetarian. This morning I had a healthier breakfast compares to what I use to have. I has some hash browns with a runny yolk egg and avocado. Avocados are seriously my addiction! I use to have two eggs over cheesy grits with bacon and toast almost every morning. I’ve also started working out and been keeping track of my progress. I’m using a work out app and Instagram. I like using Instagram as a platform to keep myself motivated because there’s so many people who are supportive and doing the same thing you are. I don’t have a goal weight or anything. I just want to be healthy and confident in my body.

Heres a picture of my breakfast this morning.

If you want to check my Instagram out here’s some links.

My weight loss journey account:

http://www.instagram.com/body.beautiful.journey

My main account:

http://www.instagram.com/grow.eat.create.love

Art account:

http://www.instagram.com/jasonhowell.art

Much love & many blessings!

-Jason-

Knit/crochet projects I’ve been working on

Here’s several projects I have in the works.

This first project is a granny square throw I’ve been working on in fall colors. I forgot how satisfying granny squares are. The blocks are 6 1/2 inches. I plan to start another one after I finish this one or one if my other throws.

I have this beanie going with two stands of yarn. I really like how the colors compliment each other.

This is a knitted pillow. I’m actually quite farther than this right now. I love the simple texture it has with the little pops of purl stitches.

Another crocheted afghan I have going on. This one is halfway done and I’m on my 3rd or 4th skein of yarn.

Shawl I have in the works. In a lovely soft pink color.

Another afghan I have going. I need to buy more yarn for this one.

An Afghan I’ve been knitting. It’s much farther than this, but I was to lazy to pull it out.

This is what I have in the works. I need to learn restraint from starting new projects. Lol!

Much love & many blessings!

Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/grow.eat.create.love

Kalanchoe propagation.

Long time no blog! I’m back and will be more constant. I have some blogs set to go up on future days. Today’s post is on propagation. I love propagating plants from leaves! This Kalanchoe is one of my most recent ones. My mom actually bought me two huge leaves for this NOID Kalanchoe at a booth for the local master gardeners. They have really took off! It always amazes me on how many little plantlets pop up. You just lay the leaf on top of moist soil and the leaf notches will send out roots then little plantlets will start to grow! I plan to use several of these plants as mother plants for my nursery and keep a couple for my personal collection. This would be a great project for kids to get them into gardening. You just lay the leaf on most soil, I press the leaf stem into the soil some also. Not sure if it helps any or not.  Just keep the soil moist and somewhere in indirect light. You have to be patient, but when the little plantlets pop up its so rewarding. Most Kalanchoe will do this, so give it a try! 


Much love & many blessings!

-Jason-

My Epiphyllum White NOID bloomed!

I’ve been growing several Epiphyllums that I got as cuttings for the past two or three years. One finally rewarded me with a bloom this year. I’m in love with this plant. Some people probably wouldn’t be as excited as me since it’s just a white flower and a NOID. Some people are plant snobs and only want named varieties for some reason. Being a named variety doesn’t make the plant more beautiful, just worth more as cuttings or started plants. White flowers are my favorite too, so that’s a plus! This one has grown into such a nice plant and looks like it’s pushing out a few more blooms. I should have more flowers next year I’m hoping since they are getting older.

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Much love & Many blessings!

-Jason

Huernia schneideriana

Common name: Red dragon flower

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee)

Genus: huernia (hew-ERN-ee-uh)

Species: Schneideriana

Light: Bright indirect light to a couple hours of direct sun.

Water: Let dry between watering.

 

Schneideriana is a wonderful succulent in the asclepiadaceae family.
The growth is vining and a lovely green color. It has these bumps
almost like they want to have thorns, but they don’t. The flowers
are a dark gorgeous red about t he size of a nickle. Very easy care
plant that likes to dry out between watering. I let mine get wrinkled
sometimes during winter before I water them. I hang mine in an East
or West window during winter. They don’t like too much direct sun.
They are prolific growers and will fill a pot in no time. I find I
have to thin mine out almost every fall. I like to thin mine out
some because I think they grow better when they aren’t as crowded.
They are one of my favorite of the asclepiad’s.

Huernia schneideriana

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Much love!!!

-Jason-

Stetsonia coryne

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee)

Genus: Stetsonia (stet-SOHN-ee-uh)

Species: coryne (ko-RY-nee)

Common Name: Toothpick Cactus

Light: Full sun to partial shade.

Water: Let dry between watering

Stetsonia coryne is a tree forming cactus from South America. Usually has a main trunk forming several side branches. They have a blueish color to their flesh. They have long spines which gives it the common name Toothpick Cactus. They like full sun to partial shade. How much a cactus needs depends on your environment. During the hot days of Summer they need regular watering. During Winter they should be kept dry and on the cooler side. In a cool room or greenhouse where they can get some needed rest. They should still get good light. I’ll do a more detailed post on plant care. They are beautiful plants.

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Much love!!!

-Jason-