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Common Plantain

No, not the savory fruit enjoyed in South American cuisine.


Common plantain is a medicinal weed found on lawns and along sidewalks around the world.

As mentioned above, plantain is considered a pesky weed by many, but herbalists know that this plant is a treasure trove of healing gifts.

  • Plantain’s fresh leaves can help promote tissue repair in minor wounds — like scratches and scrapes — as well as helping to prevent bacterial growth due to its antibacterial properties. Additionally, plantain is an herbal drawing agent, meaning it can help draw out small splinters and other irritants.

  • Cooling and anti-inflammatory, plantain is perfect for mild red, itchy skin issues like dry skin, sunburns, and insect bites.


Broadleaf Plantain vs Narrowleaf Plantain

Broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) and ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata) are the two species of plant most commonly foraged by herbalists. Possessing the same medicinal benefits they can be used interchangeably in remedies.

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