Plantain is an edible and medicinal plant and one of the best weeds for food and medicine. Don’t kill that weed!

Plantain is an edible and medicinal plant and one of the best weeds for food and medicine.

Don’t kill that weed!

And, it is the weed we’re talking about here, not the sweetish starchy fruit often cooked and eaten as a staple vegetable food in tropical regions of the world. That plantain in the musa, or banana family.1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_plantain

What we’re talking about is the green low leafy weed called “White Man’s Foot” by the Native American Indians. Chances are we’ve all trompled it in hikes or meadow walks… maybe even out in our yards. A common weed, plantain grows abundantly, all over the world, which is a good thing, because it is a plant with many uses.

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Plantain, or Plantago, comes in two varieties:

  • Broadleaf – (Plantago major), also known as White Man’s Footprint, because the Eurasians brought this plant to the “new world”.
  • Narrowleaf – (Plantago lanceolata), also known as ribwort, buckthorn

Edible and medicinal, this weed… herb… plant, can be eaten, steeped into tea and made into poultices and salves, using leaves, roots, seeds and flower spikes. In other words, the entire plant can be used. Plantain is our friend.

Next up are the medicinal uses and benefits of plantain. Hang with us to the last page where we have a video on the uses of the plantain seed and a cool all around “survival tool” you may want to have handy.

Page 2: Uses and Benefits of Plantain.

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