Do you recognize it? Do you remember having seen it many times and even often weeded it to get rid of it? Don’t do it anymore! Never again! This plant is worth its weight in gold! It’s the most effective medicinal herb you could ever dream of having! Throughout history, people have used plantain as a natural remedy. Plantain was widely recognized for all these medicinal properties:
- Irritant relief
Plantain acts as an expectorant, such as glycerin or pectin. These are ingredients found in cough and sore throat medicines.
Would like to make a herbal tea with plantain from your garden? Here's a simple recipe:Add 1 tbsp. (Root, seeds and/or leaves) to 250 ml (1 cup) boiling water. Let it infuse for 10 minutes. Add 1 tbsp. Honey (optional).
Good for the eyes:
Plantain leaves contain a lot of vitamin A and C. And these vitamins are extremely beneficial to eye health because they prevent degeneration that can cause blindness.
Treat mosquitoes bites and bees stings:
Crush the plantain leaves and rub them on the skin to relieve insect bites
Did you know that it’s also possible to eat fresh and raw leaves or you can even add them to a salad?
But that's not all
For internal use:It is said that plantain is excellent for purifying blood, lungs, and stomach. It can treat hemophilia, diarrhea, dysentery, tuberculosis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, nephritis, chronic bronchitis, and developmental delays in children! It is also effective for uterine hemorrhages and in improving lung health!
In external use:It is used against conjunctivitis, sores, cuts, leg ulcers, gingivitis, dermatosis, and to treat viper bites.
There are no real side-effects, except for pregnant women, because the plantain could have a stimulating effect on the uterus.
There are different kinds of plantains, here its variants
There are 2 more common types of plantain in British Columbia, Canada: Narrow-leaved plantain (Plantago lanceolata) and Large plantain (Plantago major). Generally, the 200 varieties of plantain have the same properties. It grows well in poor, rocky soil along roads and is often found with dandelions. It has been growing in North America since the 1600s. Native Americans used to call it "The White Man's Foot", having noticed that it was growing where the Europeans were disturbing the soil.
The Large plantain has broad leaves and elongated flowers. The Narrow-leaved plantain (aka small plantain / ribleaf), has longer lance-shaped leaves and small flowers at the tips of the stems. As for the medium plantain (lamb’s tongue), it has roundish leaves and flowers that are a cream to violet color while the others are of a pale green or brownish color and don’t have any smell.
See here the biggest difference is really the width of the leaves.