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Plantain Leaf C/S, Organic, 1/2 lb.

Plantago major  |  Origin: United States
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Plantain leaf is a first rate "First Aid" plant that is usually close-at-hand, wherever you may be. Plantain leaf was used in ancient times for its ability to relieve bee stings, insect and spider bites, and rashes.

Highly favored for its powerful anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, Plantain may help to draw out toxins, poison, impurities, blemishes, and infection from the skin when used topically.

Common Names: Plantain, longleaf plantain, ripple grass, ribwort, wagbread, white man’s foot

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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