Plantain was used by the ancient Greeks to heal the bites of “mad dogs, snakes, and venomous creatures.” Native Americans used Plantain in the same way.
In more recent times, Plantain has gained popularity among parents for its ability to relieve some of the discomfort from bee stings, insect bites, and rashes from unfortunate encounters with poison ivy or stinging nettles.
Contemporary research has confirmed the presence of anti-inflammatory properties in Plantain, which explains its popularity in so many historical texts and why it is always a favorite in herbalist's arsenals.
Plantain is a first rate “First Aid” plant that is usually close-at-hand, wherever you may be. A few fresh leaves, crushed or chewed, can be used to quickly soothe a large variety of outdoor ailments. A cup of strong Plantain tea can be drunk to help calm indigestion, and a small wad of the leaf placed next to the gum can have a calming effect on a toothache until it can be attended to by a dentist.
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We use Plantain often in tea and tincture combinations for a wide variety of internal and external physical needs. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be made into powder, and used in capsules.
Plantain is a contact soother. As such, it is essential to have on hand for first aid situations to calm itching or bleeding, reduce inflammation, and kill infection. Along with Cayenne and Comfrey, Plantain is a must to have on hand in case of physical injuries.
It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
It is very critical to store Plantain in a dark, dry, and cool place. Storing in a dark cabinet inside an amber glass container is preferable; clear glass can work as long as they are stored in a very dark area.
A simple ointment, made with an olive and coconut oil extract of fresh Plantain and a little beeswax, is a very good general purpose remedy for many skin ailments, and may be especially helpful with diaper rash.
Perfectly Potent Plantain Salve 1 tablespoon firmly pressed shredded beeswax 2/3 cup dried Plantain 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup coconut oil
You will also need a small stainless steel or glass pot, cheesecloth, measuring cup, and a small jar for the finished salve.
Makes 1 cup of salve
Gently warm the oils together with the dried plantain in the pot on the lowest heat setting possible. (Remove from heat source to allow to cool if it starts to transition from warm into hot.) After 30 minutes of frequent stirring over low heat, strain through cheesecloth into a jar. Add the beeswax to the pot and gently warm until melted. After it is liquified, stir it into the still-warm plantain oil. Set to the side and allow it to cool completely before putting a lid on it. Will stay good for up to one year. Use as often as needed.
Caution: External application is, in general, considered safe for all ages without contraindications. We do suggest that if you are pregnant, nursing, or on medications to check with your healthcare practitioner prior to using internally.
Storage:Due to the Beeyoutiful's Herbs and Bulk Foods being organic or wildcrafted, there is a slight chance that there could be some naturally occurring bugs. Beeyoutiful takes precautions on our end to minimize the chances, but we do suggest that you store them in a cold area - possibly the freezer - in an air tight container.