Plantain and Wound Healing Benefits

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Although plantain is considered a weed to most people, it is actually an herb.  As mentioned in another post, plantain is edible and packed with nutritional benefits.  It is similar to spinach, though slightly more bitter.

Wound Healing:

The leaves can be made into a tea or tincture, and this is said to help with indigestion, heartburn and ulcers when taking internally.

Externally, plantain has been used for insect and snake bites, and as a remedy for rashes and cuts.  The natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of plantain leaf make it great for healing wounds, and for itching or pain associated with skin problems.  A tea made from Plantain leaf can be sprayed on mosquito bites to ease the itch.

When bitten by an insect, just chew the leaves and apply to the bite to help ease the reaction.  Chewing on the leaves before applying to the injured area releases the oils from the plant which has beneficial healing properties.  I visited a lady several months ago who got a bee sting in front of me and that is exactly what she did; she rubbed her bee stung hand with the oils from the plantain and soon the swelling and redness started dissipating.  A tea, tincture or salve made with plantain also greatly eases the itch of poison ivy, oak, or sumac.

A tea or infusion of plantain leaf  can be poured into the ear for ear infections (as long as the ear drum has not burst) to ease the pain and shorten duration of ear infections.

Precautions:

Plantain is good for injuries because of its coagulating properties, but those with blood disorders or prone to blood clots should not use plantain internally.  If harvesting it yourself, make sure to get from an area that has not been sprayed with any chemicals or pesticides and make sure that you have correctly identified the plant before consuming.  If the area of the yard has been sprayed with fertilizer or other chemicals, then you can order the plantain seeds line and grow them yourself.

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2 Responses to Plantain and Wound Healing Benefits

  1. Melissa says:

    I have been reading up on this plant, and was really surprised to hear how useful it is! This grows all over the place, and yes; it is basically considered a weed around here. As one article I read stated, it grows were nothing else will grow, unless it’s a dandelion. They are scattered all in my driveway (which is gravel), growing in the middle, up the sides, the edge or our lawn…..everywhere. I identified them right away and grabbed a leaf last night to rub on an itchy bug bite I’ve had on my ankle that’s driven my crazy for the past week. It was right in a skin crease on the back side of my ankle, in a hard-to-scratch spot. I waded the leaf up and more or less just pinched it really hard, over and over, rolling it around in my hands. When it started to look ‘greasy’ or wet, I took the leaf and pretty much just scrubbed my ankle until the leave fell apart. That was last night and it has not itched since. Not once. No more calamine lotion or ‘chigger bite’ lotion for me. This herb is in my yard, it’s free and it works. I will make good use of it instead of regarding it as a pest.

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