People in general are spending more and more time learning how to self-sustain themselves through various means to better prepare themselves for anything life throws at them and in many cases save money in the process and increase their knowledge to become more resourceful. One way of doing this is by landscaping their property with useful plants instead of just decorative plants. One plant which is commonly used decoratively and also has a fantastic use as natures own antibacterial bandage (among other things) is Wooly Lambs Ear or Stachys byzantina.
Wooly Lambs Ear is called such because it’s leaves are not only a shape similar to a lambs ear but also covered with small white hairs which give the leaves a wooly appearance which is soft to the touch. The plant is easy to grow and can be found at your local nursery with ease.
As previously stated, this plant can be used as a natural antibacterial bandage, this is due to the presence of an antibacterial agent within the plant that helps to fight against infection such as Staphylococcus aureus which is one of the top five most common wound infections post-surgery, the small hairs are soft against the skin and aid in helping to stop bleeding as well.
Another possible medicinal use for the plant is to make a tea with some bruised leaves which can then be used topically to help prevent/fight infection for cuts and scrapes and even pink eye. Bruised leaves can be put directly on insect bites to reduce swelling and drinking a tea made from Wooly Lambs Ear has even been said to help with fevers, diarrhea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart.
The plant is edible as well and can be eaten as is in a salad or cooked/steamed and eaten like spinach. But that is not all the uses of this plant, since the leaves of this plant are incredibly soft, as funny as it may sound, they can also be used as toilet paper if needed.
Now it is up to you to decide if you want to spend money decorating your property with plants which have no uses other than looking fancy or carefully selecting a number of plants which will be both aesthetically pleasing and can also be put to use for medicine and/or food among other things.