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Common Plantain

     Common Plantain is one of the first herbs in which I received instant self healing gratification.  A person can simply pick a leave off of the lawn and apply the juice from the crushed leave too an insect bite for instant relieve.  Its extract should be of value in veterinary preparations of liniments, paints, washes, salves, poultices--the entire gambit of medications. Horses will graze on plantain and this plant should have many internal applications.

 

Description:    Plantain can grow up to 20" high,  Leaves are broad, oval, and ribbed that forms a rosette when growing. Spikes flowers greenish blossoms from May to October. 

Location: Waste areas and lawns throughout the USA.

Parts Used:  The fresh or dried leave.

Medicinal Uses:  This plant has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, diuretic, astringent properties.  The seeds are used as an laxative. The leaves have a long history of being used in poultices by the Indians and Colonists of early America. Leaves were mashed into a paste and applied to wounds, ulcers, and bites. Some value in treating gastric ulcers when taken internally.

Plantago majorL.


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