Plantain Leaf Herb - Cut, Organic

Herbs: Plantain Leaf - Cut, Organic

Common Names: Plantain, longleaf plantain, ripple grass, ribwort, wagbread, white man’s foot
Latin Name: Plantago major
Origin: USA

Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

Plantain leaf was used by the ancients to heal the bites of "mad dogs, snakes, and venomous creatures." Interestingly, Native Americans quickly learned to use Plantain leaf in the same way, and the colonial assembly of South Carolina granted a handsome reward and freedom to an African slave who taught them how to use Plantain Herb to remedy the bite of rattlesnakes.

In more recent times, Plantain leaf has been acclaimed for its ability to relieve bee stings, insect and spider bites, and rashes from an unfortunate encounter with Poison Ivy or Stinging Nettles. Dr. Christopher referred to Plantain leaf, along with Jewelweed, and Hound's Tongue as 'Nature's erasers.' "Stand anywhere within sight of Poison Ivy, and look about," he said. "You will always see at least one of these plants, placed by the hand of God to come to your aid, if you should need it." The fiber and mucilage from the seeds of the Plantago species have gained prominence as the primary fiber supplement of choice for millions of people around the world.


Plantain leaf is a first rate "First Aid" plant that is usually close-at-hand, wherever you may be. A few fresh leaves, crushed or chewed, can be used to quickly stop the pain and inflammation of bites and stings, and relieve the itching from poison ivy. A cup of strong Plantain tea will quell the worst indigestion, and a small wad of chewed leaf placed next to the gum will quiet a painful toothache until it can be attended to.

A simple ointment, made with an olive oil extract of fresh Plantain and a little beeswax is a very good general purpose remedy for many skin ailments, and is especially helpful with diaper rash.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use Plantain herb often in tea and tincture combinations for a wide variety of internal and external physical needs. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be made into powder, and used in capsules.
  • Plantain leaf is a contact healer. As such, it is essential for emergency situations to stop itching and/or bleeding, reduce inflammation, etc. Basically, along with Cayenne, and Comfrey, Plantain herb is a must in case of physical injuries.
  • It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • It is very critical to store Plantain in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is highly recommended, but not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.

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Plantain tea
by Prophet R on Jun 10, 2014

I have used it and recommended it for over 45 years. From New Orleans, we swear by it for whatever problem you have. It is a God sent health cure.

recurring poison ivy
by Michelle W. on Jan 14, 2014

My husband got a terrible case of poison ivy in the bend of his arm that lasted for a few weeks. We used all natural remedies to get rid of it. Well, a month later there was still traces of it, although, it was not bothersome. Now, 2 months later it is itching although, not bad. It's really a few scattered bumps. I have been using witch hazel and a homemade salve that includes calendula, and several other soothing/healing herbs. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.

    Re: recurring poison ivy
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 15, 2014

    Hello, I would recommend making a rubbing alcohol mix. Stuff a jar with equal parts of plantain and jewelweed and fill the jar with rubbing alcohol and let sit overnight. You can use the infused alcohol the next day if wanted! Spread over bumps and it will help dry the it all out. Hope it gets better!

by Paula Leffert on Nov 22, 2013

Plantain is our most used herb in our household. I've been using Plantain for almost 20 years now and have used the tea-soaked bandages for blood poisoning from a puncture wound and saw the red line move backwards toward the wound within one hour. We use it for bee stings, infected tick bites, deworming (humans and animals). My daughter is currently using it to heal her h-pylori ulcer. When she has an attack, the plantain takes away the pain almost immediately. The most impressive experience we've had was with my husband. Two years ago his pinky finger got in the way of the router and it cut off a quarter of his finger tip from the middle to the outer edge. There wasn't any flesh and what was there was chewed up. He didn't want me to use plantain right away and by the next day gangrene started to set in, the finger started turning black and stinking. Needless to say, he let me apply the plantain and I told him if it wasn't improved I was taking him to the hospital. Two hours later I removed the tea-soaked bandage and I was awed! It was not only improved but the cut along the side of the finger was completely gone. The blackness was 60% gone. By the second completed week of 24/7 plantain tea on the bandage, changing it 3-4 times a day, his finger re-grew tissue and nail. You cannot tell he had lost half his pinky tip and nail. I looked up on the internet and found a German study on Plantain and it said that it had tissue repair qualities in it. We definitely saw it! Thanks for carrying it, we couldn't put enough away for the winter this year.

Thank God for herbs!
by I'm amazed on Jul 1, 2013

What a wise God who created a world that has antidotes readily available when we need them without having to pay tons of money or travel long distances. We first tried out plantain after my son's bee sting and were amazed how quickly the pain was gone and the swelling disappeared. Since then we've used it many times. Then last week I discovered a very large bite on my four year old's back. My nurse practitioner friend was pretty sure it was brown recluse when I showed her and said she would need three days of shots. It was quite swollen and getting hard. Before resorting to the shots, my husband who is ordained prayed for her and anointed her with oil, and the rest of us chewed plantain and mixed the slime with bentonite clay, lemon juice, and baking soda. By the next day it was looking better, so we kept up our applications of plantain and she said it felt better. The bite is still visible but is not much different looking than a mosquito bite now and there seems to be no problem! What a loving, kind Creator Jesus is to place such powerful remedies at our disposal! Thanks for introducing me to His provision!

Plantain Salve
by Janet Smith on Oct 7, 2012

I make a salve of Plantain leaves, coconut Oil and bees wax. I use it on acne, all rashes, bug bites & stings, cuts, abrasions, site of bruising. My roseau (adult acne) which I have had for the last few years as I have gone through menopause is finally totally cleared up after using this salve for a three months. I saw remarkable improvement over night! My skin is lovely and smooth! I'll make it and use it for ever!

Healed my bite!
by Cheryl on Jun 13, 2012

When I woke up the this morning I had a HUGE bite on my neck - at least 2" long X about 1.5" wide. It just kept itching and itching and burning and burning. All of a sudden I remembered the video I watched where you were telling about how you got bitten by a bee, (I think it was a bee), and your mom found some plantain and spit on it and put it on your bite and it stopped hurting. Well, originally I was putting Eden Salve on my bite and it would help for a while - like about 10 minutes, but then my bite would start burning and itching again - it was a really bad bite. I really don't know what bit me, but I"m thinking it was a spider. Upon remembering your story about the plantain, I had an idea. I had some empty tea bags in a drawer, so I filled an empty tea bag with plantain and closed the top of the bag. Then I sprayed the tea bag with Colloidal Silver to moisten the plantain. It was bed time, so I took some medical tape and taped the teabag to my neck. I couldn't believe it! The pain stopped almost immediately. I left the tea bag taped to my neck all night long. When I woke up the next morning, the swelling from the bite was about 1/3 the size it was when I went to bed. I put a new "Plantain teabag" on my neck and wore it for a few hours that day. By evening, I just took it off and my bite was all but gone! And it didn't itch or hurt AT ALL anymore. I was just so blown away at how well this worked, and just wanted to share my story with you and your readers. I love your products, videos, and all you do. Please don't stop! And THANK YOU!

Plantain+Bentonite Clay= Relief!
by C on May 17, 2012

My middle son (4) was swinging on his playset when a bumble bee (of all things!) flew up and stung him directly on the throat (right on his windpipe) I was so afraid it would swell and could block his airway so we immediately mix plantain and bentonite clay together and applied it thickly all over his throat. He calmed right down and said it felt better and we sat and read books while monitoring it very closely for any signs of swelling. I'm happy to say the combination did the trick and he had no swelling just a very small red spot that he said, "didn't hurt at all" So thankful for God's provision in these amazing remedies!

Wasp Stings
by Karen on Nov 9, 2010

I was recently stung under my arm by a wasp. After 24 hours, the sting was still welted and the surrounding area was red, swollen, hot, and itched intensely. A friend brought me some of her plantain herb and I made a poultice with it and applied it to the arm, bandaged it up, and went to bed. The next day the swelling, heat, and most of the red and itching was gone. I continued to put some Eden Salve on it for a few days to continue the healing process. I couldn't believe how quickly and thoroughly it healed!

Relieves Yellow Jacket Sting
by Ami on Oct 13, 2009

When we were splitting firewood, the yellow jackets were everywhere. (I was later told they like the sap from birch and spruce, the two woods we were splitting) My son (8) went to slap what he thought was a mosquito and ended up stung on the cheek by one of the yellow jackets. Since it is late fall up here and we couldn't find any plantain right away I just put on some of the plantain tincture I had made from plantain on our property this summer. Then I soaked a small gauze in the tincture and stuck it to his face with a bandaid. He went right back to work saying it felt fine. He took the bandaid off a couple hours later and I haven't seen or heard about it since! Yes, herbs DO WORK!

Reduces Swelling
by Sarah on Aug 24, 2009

The Plantain previously ordered works wonders. Within 20 minutes of applying it, the swelling is greatly reduced. Instead of welts and pustules for 3 to 4 weeks, there was a small mark for 5 days. Thank you.

Heals Wound
by Tiffani on Jul 30, 2009

I had bought some Plantain in my last order after reading the testimonials on its first aid benefits. Of course, in a household of 5 children it didn't take long to have an "opportunity" to use it.

Last week my 9 year old son had an accident involving a shovel and his face (!) that left him with a chipped tooth and a nice hole through his lip/chin area. We first used essential oils, which helped, but the bleeding and oozing didn't want to stop. My son was hoping desperately to avoid stitches and I wasn't so sure we were going to be able to, but then I remembered the Plantain and had him chew it and then put it between his lip and gum. We did this throughout the day and the next morning. The bleeding stopped immediately as well as the pain and I could tell the healing was beginning. By the third morning it looked as though someone had scraped him with a fingernail (very minor), all the bruising was gone and I absolutely couldn't believe it was the same injury!

I'm so thankful to have yet another "tool in the toolbox" for our family's health. I can tell it is going to be a huge part of our lifestyle from now on! Thanks so much!

Plantain Tincture
by Lori on Jul 28, 2009

I watched the section on the DVD about making tincture with apple cider vinegar and plantain and I decided to do it. Shortly after starting the tincture I got poison ivy rash on one of my toes. The toe became itchy, red, and hot quickly. So I thought I'd just put a few drops of the plantain tincture on the pad of a band-aid and put it on my toe overnight. The tincture had only been "working" for about 3 days so I really didn't expect much. The next morning I took the band-aid off and I was surprised to see the redness and hotness had gone away, leaving only a little round sore where the rash was. Within a week it was completely

Now you must understand that when I have gotten "poison" in the past I spent weeks in misery because not only does it itch intensely but my body reacts to the "poison" with swelling, redness, and pain.

I am so amazed at the drawing power of this herb!!

Rheumatoid Arthritis Won't Ruin the Weekend!
by J on Jan 17, 2009

This morning my Husband woke up with an RA flair up. Early this morning I was in the woods to get some burdock root (because my dried BHS supply is gone). I boiled the root with some plantain leaves in olive oil. Once reduced, I strained out the roots and and poured some into a little spray bottle, the rest I mixed with bees wax. He's been using this for about 3 hours now, and his pain is diminished by 1/2 and he says is getting better as the morning wears on.

Thank you BHS for the opportunity to find and share remedies, your quick and courteous service and wonderful products.

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