Nature always finds interesting ways to provide us with ingredients for our everyday needs. Leaves are one of those and can be the perfect substitute for your everyday survival kit.
When you need rope for whatever reason
Did you know that you can make cordage from leaves? Whenever you run out of rope, find yourself some fibrous leaves such as the Yucca plant. Cut them up into small strips and crochet them into a rope structure and you’ll be amazed at how effective they can be.
When you want a taste of nature’s tin foil
It’s common practice to braai or bake food in tin foil for that extra goodness without the outer layers getting burnt. In Asia, the Burdock root was often used to purify the blood by removing toxins that build up in blood. Another use for Burdock leaves is as a substitute for tin foil. Wrap your food in these leaves and put it on a fire and you’ll be set for lunch or dinner.
When the insoles of your shoes fail to measure up
Sometimes shoe insoles fail! This is a reality and not everyone is able to get new ones so nature is able to come to your rescue once again. The Mullein plant and leaves from the same family are a great source of antibacterial insoles. They provide an extra cushion, are thick and durable. It may sound ludicrous, but they also help with foot odour.
When you don’t have a bandage in sight but leaves are around
Many people have plantain weeds growing in their backyard and probably don’t even know it. It’s nicknamed “bandaid plant” because it contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The fibres in the leaves make durable bandages. All you have to do is chew up the leaves and place it on a wound, then use another leaf to cover it.
These are only four uses of leaves but there are so many more including baskets, distilling water, brewing herbal drinks and tea. The leaves possibilities are endless.