Plantain (Plantago major)

Whilst most of us are familiar with the healing properties of dock leaves, plantain is much more effective.   Growing on lawns and tracks, the crushed leaf is fantastic for insect bites & stings and allergic rashes.  It also has edible roots that are shallow and easy to dig out.

Property : Astringent

Constituent : Flavonoids, Tannin, Minerals- potassium, magnesium , phosphorous

Action : Vulnerary, Expectorant, Anti- inflammatory, Astringent, Diuretic, Antimicrobial

Indication : Coughs, Mild bronchitis, Diarrhoea, Haemorrhoids, Topically for insect bites and stings

Plantain tea can be used to treat a surprising range of ailments, including haemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome.

The seeds can be eaten raw or cooked and are high in vitamin B, as well as being a treatment for constipation.

Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.

If you’re interested in wild plants, take a look at our Herbal Remedies course. You can see photos from previous courses on our Facebook page.

About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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