purslane (add to raw salad, or as a late addition to soup)
plantain medicinal herb (see below)
Plant Medicine: Plantain
By Shawna Schenk, an almost graduate of farm school and local, full time yoga teacher. Learn more about Shawna at: www.yogawithshawna.com
"Plants grow where they are needed most." This old proverb connects directly with today's holistic plant, Plantain.
Plantain is common North American weed that is abundant in San Diego: it grows anywhere and everywhere in our county: you can even see it growing out of cracks of sidewalks and roads!
We are lucky to have Plantain abundantly growing all over Wild Willow Farm, so today, we put it in your box!. In true appreciation for this weed, it is greatly needed! It provides healing for many aliments that are very common for us today.
Use your Plantain the following ways:
I’d keep the plantain right in your medicine cabinet next to your Band-Aids as it is ideal for cuts, bites, and stings. Break up the leaf (you can crumble it with your fingers) to extract its holistic oils and juices, then place it on any area of your body that is bruised, injured, or bleeding. Wrap up a Band-Aid over it to keep it in place, and let the plant do its healing magic! Studies have shown it is a rich in tannin (which helps draw tissues together to stop bleeding) and allantoin (a compound that promotes healing of injured skin cells). This makes plantain is ideal for: sunburns, stings, insect bites, snakebites, poison ivy breakouts, rashes, burns, blisters, and cuts.
Plantain brings calm and reduces swelling. Try warming some leaves (just throw them in the oven for a few minutes) then place them on areas of tightness! Sore feet? Warm the leaves of plantain then put them in a cotton sock. Wear the socks to help alleviate pain: you will feel so good!
Plantain made as tea has many therapeutic benefits. It is a fiberous leaf so this tea can be used a laxative.
It can awesome help with dryness that we are prone to this time of year. Boil your plantain and turn in it into tea letting the leaves seep for 5 minutes. Then, let it cool and wash your hair with it: it will get rid of dryness and even dandruff!
Further studies have linked Plantain to aiding cancer, toothaches, and headaches. So cheers: drink up your Plantain Tea!
Last, you can eat it. Sautee it, braise it, throw it in a salad or a sandwich, this "weed" has lots of fiber and nutrion! It is actually more nutritious than many of the greens we eat normally and is filled with tons of magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
SAUTEED SUNCHOKES WITH GARLIC & BAY LEAF
1 lb sunchokes olive oil 1 or 2 bay leaves 1 clove garlic, sliced splash white wine vinegar salt & pepper to taste
Peel sunchokes, then cut them into chunks. Place them in an oiled frying pan and sauté on a medium heat until golden on both sides, then add bay leaves, garlic, a splash of white wine vinegar, some salt and pepper, and place a lid on top. After about 20 to 25 minutes they will have softened up nicely and you can remove the lid and the bay leaves. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes to crisp the artichoke slices up one last time. Serve immediately.
You are invited to join us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for Family Farm Fun Day November 29, 10am to 2pm
Fun activities for the entire family! If you need an excuse to avoid the mall and instead have some down-to-earth fun with the whole family, come to Wild Willow Farm on Saturday, November 29 from 10am to 2pm. We'll have fun, hands-on activities suitable for every age, including cheesemaking and soapmaking workshops with fresh goat milk, and a photo booth so you can get photos with our too-cute baby goats. Plus farm volunteering and more!
Go to our website for more information: http://www.sandiegoroots.org/farm/events.php
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is a project of San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project, a California 501(c)3 educational organization. Our mission is to educate, cultivate and empower sustainable food communities in San Diego. www.sandiegoroots.org