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One Plant to have Around - Wooly Lambs Ear

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by Gator 45/70, Oct 5, 2013.


  1. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    How To Grow Your Own Antibacterial Bandages

    As I work on turning this one acre homestead into a self-sustaining Garden of Eden, I have two requirements for every single plant I consider putting in the ground: they must be either edible or medicinal. Preferably both.

    Why? Because frankly I don’t have money or space to waste on frivolous landscaping. Everything from the plants to the animals must have a purpose.

    More and more people are beginning to see the benefit of having a garden and growing your own food, but growing your own medicine could be equally as vital to your well being. What would you do if you couldn’t get the medical supplies or help you needed for a very long time? How would you manage?

    As I plan my medicinal garden, I choose what to grow by studying different medical emergency scenarios and learning which plants I would be able to use if it ever came down to that.

    One day as I was doctoring up one of my kiddos, the thought crossed my mind, “What if I couldn’t get any more of these band-aids? What could I use?” This question prompted me to delve into my herbal books and scour the internet for an answer. And I found a good one.

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    Young Wooly Lamb’s Ear settling down for the winter.

    Wooly Lamb’s Ear.

    It’s one of my favorites because it’s medicinal AND edible.

    A Natural Antibacterial Bandage

    Wooly Lamb’s Ear, botanical name Stachys byzantina, has been used for centuries as a wound dressing on battlefields. Not only do the soft, fuzzy leaves absorb blood and help it to clot more quickly, they also contain antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. All of these factors make this plant a really great alternative to store-bought bandages (especially since many of them are made in China!).

    Other Medicinal Uses

    Wooly Lamb’s Ear actually has many medicinal uses. You can heat a few bruised leaves in a pot of simmering water, and use the cooled infusion as an eyewash to treat pinkeye and sties.

    Drink a tea made from young, dried Wooly Lamb’s Ear leaves to help with fevers, diarrhea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart. (~Wikipedia)

    You can bruise the leaves so that the juices are released, and put them on bee stings or other insect bites to help reduce the swelling. The same effect can be seen when used for treating hemorrhoids, or for postpartum recovery.

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    Still More Uses

    As if Wooly Lamb’s Ear isn’t awesome enough, the list of uses continues.

    Being soft and super absorbent, Lamb’s Ear leaves can be used as menstrual pads, or in place of cotton balls. It can even be used as toilet paper!

    You can eat it as well. Enjoy young, tender leaves fresh in a salad, or gently steamed as greens.

    Are you growing Lamb’s Ear yet?

    If you don’t have any of this important medicinal plant growing around your home yet, get some. If you can’t find any plants locally, buy some seeds and grow them yourself. It’s super easy, and much cheaper that way anyways. Lamb’s Ear make a gorgeous landscaping border, and grows well in containers. Plant as much as you have room for, ’cause it’ll come in handy when your stash of tp runs out!

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    How To Grow Your Own Antibacterial Bandages (Wooly Lamb’s Ear) From Seed

    Starting your own plants from seed really is easy. Here’s how…

    1. Fill a well-draining container with Seed Starting Mix. A yogurt cup with holes poked in the bottom works nicely.

    2. Wet the soil thoroughly. If you’re on city water, use filtered water for your plants. The chemicals in treated water can inhibit plant growth.

    3. Plant 1-2 seeds per small container (thinning out the weakest seedling), or plant seeds about 6″ apart in a larger pot, burying them 1/4″ deep.

    4. Keep the soil moist and the containers out of direct light until the seedlings germinate. As soon as you see the tops of the plants emerging, put them somewhere where they can get at least 6 hours of sunlight daily, or under a grow light. It helps to set the cups/pots in a shallow tray of water to keep the soil from drying out.

    5. When the plants have at least three sets of leaves, they’re ready to be transplanted to a semi-shady place in your yard. Space them 12″ apart. They will multiply readily in good soil.

    If you haven’t started thinking about growing some medicinal herbs, Wooly Lamb’s Ear is a perfect one to begin with. And in my opinion, you can never have enough!
     
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  2. kellory

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  3. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Cheap seeds too....cheers for the post Gator!

    Wooly Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina), packet of 50 seeds, organic

    New Life On A Homestead » Blog Archive How To Grow & Use Wooly Lamb's Ear

    "
    How To Grow Your Own Antibacterial Bandages (Wooly Lamb’s Ear) From Seed

    Starting your own plants from seed really is easy. Here’s how…

    1. Fill a well-draining container with Seed Starting Mix. A yogurt cup with holes poked in the bottom works nicely.

    2. Wet the soil thoroughly. If you’re on city water, use filtered water for your plants.The chemicals in treated water can inhibit plant growth.

    3. Plant 1-2 seeds per small container (thinning out the weakest seedling), or plant seeds about 6″ apart in a larger pot, burying them 1/4″ deep.

    4. Keep the soil moist and the containers out of direct light until the seedlings germinate. As soon as you see the tops of the plants emerging, put them somewhere where they can get at least 6 hours of sunlight daily, or under a grow light. It helps to set the cups/pots in a shallow tray of water to keep the soil from drying out.

    5. When the plants have at least three sets of leaves, they’re ready to be transplanted to a semi-shady place in your yard. Space them 12″ apart. They will multiply readily in good soil.
    "
     
  4. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Cool... gonna have to get me some of these :0) Thanks for posting!
     
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  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Sounds like something most garden show have. Lamb’s Ear can grow to a height of 12-18 inches in hardiness zones 4-8 and yields tall purple flower heads in May through July.
     
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  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Going to order some of these as well... Good to have on hand!
     
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  7. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    A bit more on the plant-
    Lamb's-ear plants are perennial herbs usually densely covered with gray or silver-white, silky-lanate hairs. They are named lamb's ears because of the leaves' curved shape and white, soft, fur-like hair coating

    Flowering stems are erect, often branched, and tend to be 4-angled, growing 40–80 cm tall. The leaves are thick and somewhat wrinkled, densely covered on both sides with gray-silver colored, silky-lanate hairs; the undersides are more silver-white in color than the top surfaces. The leaves are arranged oppositely on the stems and 5 to 10 cm long.

    The leaf petioles are semiamplexicaul (the bases wrapping half way around the stem) with the basal leaves having blades oblong-elliptic in shape, measuring 10 cm long and 2.5 cm wide (though variation exists in cultivated forms). The leaf margins are crenulate but covered with dense hairs, the leaf apexes attenuate, gradually narrowing to a rounded point.

    The flowering spikes are 10–22 cm long, producing verticillasters that each have many flowers and are crowded together over most of the length on the spike-like stem. The leaves produced on the flowering stems are greatly reduced in size and subsessile, the lower ones slightly longer than the interscholastic and the upper ones shorter than the verticillasters. The leaf bracteoles are linear to linear-lanceolate in shape and 6 mm long.

    The flowers have no pedicels (sessile) and the calyx is tubular-campanulate in shape, being slightly curved and 1.2 cm long. The calyx is glabrous except for the inside surface of the teeth, having 10 veins with the accessory veins inconspicuous. The 2–3 mm long calyx teeth are ovate-triangular in shape and are subequal or the posterior teeth larger, with rigid apices.

    The corollas have some darker purple tinted veins inside; they are 1.2 cm long with silky-lanate hairs but bases that are glabrous. The corolla tubes are about 6 mm long with the upper lip ovate in shape with entire margins; the lower lips are subpatent with the middle lobe broadly ovate in shape, lateral lobes oblong. The stamen filaments are densely villous from the base to the middle. The styles are exserted much past the corolla. There are immature nutlets without hairs, brown in color and oblong in shape.[6][7]

    Lamb's-ear is a commonly grown plant for children's gardens, as it is easy to grow (for those with a 'brown' thumb) and the thick felt-like leaves are fun to touch. It is also used as an edging plant. In Brazil it is used as an edible herb, called lambari. It has sometimes been used as a medicinal plant.
     
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  8. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Coulda used some of this today, had the dogs out for a forest walk and went to grab a bit of bracken to fan at the stupied flies. Instead of snapping off at the stem like they usally do... this one decided the split the stem and sliced through my index finger in 2 places. Non of yer wee paper cut crap ether, nice big jaggad big gashes. :cautious: Thats hubby freakin out over all the blood again....:eek:
     
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  9. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    I thought that was mullein?
     
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  10. ochit

    ochit Monkey+

    It grows in my fence line wild.
     
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