Plantain is a "First Aid" plant that is usually close-at-hand. A few fresh leaves, crushed or chewed, can be used to quickly stop the bleeding of an open wound, stop the pain and inflammation or bites and stings, and relieve the itching from bites & stings. A cup of strong Plantain tea will quell indigestion, and a chewed leaf placed next to the gum will quiet a painful toothache until reaching dental assistance.
The leaves and above ground parts are used in herbal preparations.
It is an astringent herb that has diuretic, expectorant and anti-mucus properties, as well as mild anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Plantian properties include but are not limited to:
The tannins tighten tissues, & the mucilage acts as a demulcent which helps to balance the astringent actions to heal and soothe damaged skin.
As a diuretic, Plantain increases urine flow, and its potent antiseptic properties make it effective in easing uterine infections.
It is suggested that plantain is a good source of powerful antitoxin, acubin. This can help treat blood poisoning, snake bite, spider bite.
Plantain contains salicylic acid, which is the natural forerunner of synthetic aspirin, and as such, has been effective in relieving pain, including neuralgic pain.
Plantain contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical that kills germs, speeds wound healing, and stimulates the growth of new skin cells (many commercial cosmetic creams and lotions list allantoin as an active ingredient)
Plantain has a very long medical history. Native Americans used Plantain widely and referred to it as "Life Medicine." Fortunately it grows just about everywhere.