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Plantain Leaf

  • Plantago major
  • Origin: USA
Plantain Leaf

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Common Name

Standardized: plantain
Other: broad-leaf plantain, greater plantain

Botanical Name

Plantago major L.
Plant Family: Plantaginaceae

Overview

The common plantain is of Eurasian descent, but has since been naturalized around the world with particular prominence in the United States.

Plantain has been used by many cultures the world over, and the Saxons considered it one of their nine sacred herbs. It was considered an early Christian symbol and many cultures today refer to it as an aphrodisiac. Despite its usefulness, plantain is considered a noxious weed in some regions outside of its native range.

Parts Used

The whole leaf and some stem is acceptable.

Typical Preparations

Eaten raw and fresh in salads, as a tea, in tincture form and as an external compress.

References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10483683?dopt=Abstract _ Medical Herbalism_ by D. Hoffmann pg. 574

Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West by Gregory L. Tilford pg. 112

Ashton, Megan "The Health Benefits of the Plantain Leaf" Livestrong.com, 29 April 2011. Web. 22 May 2013

Precautions

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.