Make a Salve With a Garden Weed

Weeds usually end up in the compost bin, but this one can be used a salve for bug bites and blisters.
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Weeds usually end up in the compost bin, but this one can be used a salve for bug bites and blisters.

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Weeds from the garden usually end up in the compost bin. But look closer: One of them has medicinal value for outdoor adventurers. Plantain (plantago major), an über-common yard weed that has nothing to do with bananas, can be found in almost any part of the country and has been used for centuries to treat irritation, inflammation, and diarrhea. It’s perfect for wild hikers to use on bug bites or blisters, and in addition to soothing wounds, it’s even a mild antibiotic. Click through the slideshow to see how to make a salve.