I’ve been learning about the uses of plantain plant this week. Every time I find a new plant and learn about how it can help us I am amazed. Really. It seems that there is a reason for every single plant on the planet. “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree [and plant] that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.” (Genesis 2:9). Can I get an amen?
Also, can you tell that it’s been a week, yes a week, since I mowed the lawn?
Meet my friend Plantago Major, aka common plantain. There are over 200 species of plantain plant, so you’ve probably seen one type or another growing in your yard at some point. Here is another type of plantain, and I think it’s called Ribwort plantain (the giant in the middle):
Uses of Plantain Plant
I’ve seen plantain plant around but never realized what a great first aid and general use plant this can be. Remember to read our disclaimer if you haven’t already.
- Young leaves can be eaten, mature leaves can be boiled then eaten (FYI: mild laxative effect)
- The seeds can be ground into flour
- The root has been ground into a powder to relieve snake bites
- A tea can be made from the leaves to treat sore eyes
- Make a tea to treat bronchitis, sore throat, and laryngitis
- Tea from the plantain leaf can also be used for fever
- Crush plantain leaf/make a compress and apply to bee stings or other bug bites (I will have to try this when I get tick bites! They always leave me itchy.)
- Good for skin (chapped, dryness, soften cold sores), and has been used to treat eczema and soothe shingles rash
- Plantain contains allantoin that helps to soften and protect skin, as well as stimulate cell regeneration. Science.
- The juice from the leaves can be used to relieve the itching of poison ivy or the sting of stinging nettle
- Used to aid irritable bowels/bladder
- A mouthwash can be made from plantain for sore/bleeding gums
- as a diaper rash remedy for both yeast diaper rashes and common diaper rashes
Plantain plant also contains beta carotene (body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A), ascorbic acid, and Vitamin K.
I’m infusing some apple cider vinegar as we speak, and will be making a salve later in the week. So make sure you subscribe below to stay updated!
- Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs. C. Kowalchick, W. Hylton. Et al. 1987.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of healing Remedies. C. Norman Shealy. MD, Phd. 2002.