This Little Weed is one of the Most Useful Medicines on the Planet…

This Little Weed is one of the Most Useful Medicines on the Planet...

You’ve stepped on it, ignored it, and tried to eradicate it from your lawn. However, this innocuous little weed is one of the most useful medicines on the planet, just begging to be harvested.

There are two major types of plantain in BC, Canada: Lance and Broadleaf. Generally, all 200-plus varieties of plantain yield the same results. It grows especially well in poor, rocky soil (such as driveways) and is often seen alongside dandelion.

More often than not, you will see plantain growing in gravel pits and construction sites as nature seeks to regenerate the soil. Introduced to North America in the 1600s, it was once called “White Man’s Foot” by the Native Americans who witnessed that where the Europeans tread and disrupted the soil, plantain sprung up.



Plantain has often been the go-to remedy for hikers plagued by mosquitos. Because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes. Bandage the area and allow the plantain to work its magic for 4-12 hours. Plantain may also be used to create a balm for emergency kits, or an infusion used as a skin or general wash. It is also a notable, soothing remedy for hemorrhoids.

Plantain is renowned for its healing effect on the digestive system. This is especially useful for anyone who has been damaged by antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or pain medications, food allergies, or Celiac disease. Both leaves and seeds specifically target the digestive system for healing.

The leaves may be steeped as tea, added to soups, or dried with a sauce similar to kale chips. The seeds – a type of psyllium – can be ground or soaked for bulk mucilage or absorbable fibre, which, consumed before meals, may help with weight loss.

Because plantain is a gentle expectorant and high in silica, an infusion can be helpful for lung problems, coughs, and colds.

Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis. Add to salads, chew to ease thirst, or enjoy in stir fries. This versatile wild vegetable will keep you in good health for years to come!

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My back yard is full of this in the lawn

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Good. I’ve got a huge patch of it.

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Got lots of this. Who knew.

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I have zillions of them come spring snd summer. Good to know.

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does help with the pain by bug bites

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Thankyou ecosnippets

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Eat your weeds

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That plants is always on your lawm

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There are so many ads covering it, waste of time…

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I should be the healthiest person on earth. This is all over my yard.

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I still have some from my garden I picked and dried for tea.

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Your board game called Wildcraft has a serious medicinal error about comfrey!

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This stuff is the best. Got stung by about 15 yellow jackets a couple of summers ago. A friend (Lindsay Madison) told me to pick some and chew it up, then rub on the stings. Pain instantly stopped, but what’s even better was I didn’t have any itching days later. I had never even heard of it before that, but now I watch for it in my yard and eat it up. I heard it’s a super green and it’s good food for the brain.

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Harvest it when it young. Gets very stringy when older.

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hate all the bullshit attached to ur site

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Justin Craig something like this might help some eve issues ?

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Zakiyya Ismail please can you tell me the name of this plant – there was a f*#king pop up blocking the article promising me I could come back to the article – I tried several times hopping it would make the PU go away or give me an close option. NO Freaking luck. I dislike PU’ s very much.

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    It’s broad leaf plaintain.

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    Thank you Loria Chaddon my apologies – clearly I’m still working on patience????. I’d still love to read the article.

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Tasty while young. Like lettuce, they can take on a bitter taste when old. I always the leaves have a slight buttery aftertaste. And my meat rabbits ate them like candy. Lol

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And I hated them. Those roots.

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Great stuff. Have been making ointment from it for insect bites for many years. Makes black fly bites disappear. “Common plantain. “

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What’s the name of this weed ?

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Wow! I need to start eating my weeds.. These love my lawn and I’m constantly pulling them! ????

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In NZ we call this kopakopa and use it as a poultice for healing sores and flesh wounds….it has wonderful healing properties…

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i will be eating off the lawn this summer!

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my dog is allergic to it…

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c`est du plantin et très bon pour les épaules et touts les bobos mais il faut le changer souvent

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knew about this plant all my life.

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Good for infections, ground it up and put on infection, bandage, It will help lots.

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I thought Plantain was a relative of the banana ??

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I cultivate this in the cracks of our driveway. 🙂

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So many on my sister yard that grow any where

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I didn’t look at their site which wants to sell something. Back home we knew it as Plantain (sp?). The story goes; when Dad was 5 years old, he wandered out to the bee hive and stuck a stick inside. Grandma said when she looked out all she saw was a mound of bees all over him and a stick waving in the air. Grandma got him in the house and ordered everyone to pick every plantain they could find. She made a poultice and put it all over. She said it saved his life. Today, I have used ammonia on a bee sting and it works nicely.

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I didn’t look at their site which wants to sell something. Back home we knew it as Plantain (sp?). The story goes; when Dad was 5 years old, he wandered out to the bee hive and stuck a stick inside. Grandma said when she looked out all she saw was a mound of bees all over him and a stick waving in the air. Grandma got him in the house and ordered everyone to pick every plantain they could find. She made a poultice and put it all over. She said it saved his life. Today, I have used ammonia on a bee sting and it works nicely.

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I love this plant! Takes the itch out if bites and also tastes really good.

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A wonderful plant, I use it regularly

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It grows all over the parks by my casa in Anaheim.

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Makes a great tea when steeped shortly in boiling water asweetened to taste with rock sugar. We use it fresh

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    I have the tea almost every night. I find it just sweet enough. Such a lovely fresh soothing taste.

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Historic it was brought over by European settlers to make sure that they had food and medicine they were familiar with. Also the Native Americans called it the white man’s footsteps because wherever the white man went these plants were left behind due to the seeds. So necessary for life that they took it with them everywhere they went and thus we have it every place

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We call it KopaKopa in NewZealand – a great Maori medicinal plant

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We in Hawai?i call it “Laukahi”. When I was very young my grandma treated my asthma with this.

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    Does it grow in SE Texas?

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    Jeanie, I’m sorry I don’t know. My grandma dealt in different Herbal medicines which grew profusely in Hawai’i. I don’t know the American name of this plant for which I would gladly research for you, however, it’s said to have come from Eurasia

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    Grows everywhere here in lreland too.. l dont know if we have the same name for it.

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    Barry, the name we have for it is in Hawaiian. Perhaps you could give your university there a call (agriculture dept) and they might be able to tell you about it. Please share what you find. It’s great for diabetes as well.

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I use it all the time, especially at my cottage for it’s antiseptic and astringent qualities. Also in stir fries and salads.

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Anu Sood See Palak?

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Hélène Vinault

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Your medicine Rachael Hilsdon!

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Liz Brown wasnt this what sylvia bought back?x

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I always add plantain to a herbal infusion for coughs and colds.

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Useful information Randy WayneI Mcgregor!!! ??

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    Yes plantains! I think. I didn’t read it . Looks like plantain weeds though. Super good for many things.

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Grows like crazy in gravel driveways

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Good to have spread the word xxxx

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Patricia Jackson

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And they are very at home on green roofs too!

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come to my lawn and take as much as you want

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Sherri Clark

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