Plantago major //
Broad Leaf Plantain
Plantago major is one of the most abundant and widely distributed medicinal crops in the world. Originating in Europe and Central Asia the plant’s seeds get carried to new destinations by getting stuck to travellers feet. Humans have managed to bring this wonderful plant to every corner of the world. Now-a-days this plant is quickly written off as a ‘weed’ by the uninitiated, but those with the eyes to see notice that a powerful ally is in abundance all around, eager to help out and a moments notice.
Plantain Common Weed or Everyday Hero?
So let’s take a look at what it can do. Plantain is edible raw or cooked and is a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.magnesium and vitamin K. Foliage is also rich in minerals and mono unsaturated fatty acids. The herb has a long history of medicinal use dating back to ancient times. Some cultures used it for nearly every malady. One American Indian name for plantain translates to “life medicine.” Indians also called it “white-man’s foot” since they discovered plantain everywhere settlers had been.
This herb does all this and can be used completely.
The roots, leaves, flowers and seeds can be used internally or externally.