No, not the fruit, plantain, that resembles a banana.
This plantain is the common lawn weed that many
homeowners try to eradicate from their lawns, along
with dandelion, another very healing and useful plant.
The keyword to what Plantain is used for is: drawing.
As in drawing out dirt and gravel from a scraped knee.
Or drawing out the itch in a mosquito bite and even a bee sting!
Drawing out slivers of wood or thorns from a rose bush or thistles (personal experience).
Or even drawing out the mucus causing sinus pressure during a cold.
During summer months when the plant is easy to find growing all over, one can simply use a macerated leaf directly on a wound. However, the salve works well too, and is simply easy to reach for to use. My grandkids can all identify plantain and will get leaves and apply them to cuts and scrapes as needed. Another cool thing about plantain is that after it has cleaned out the wound, it then helps to close it up cleanly, due to the allantoin which promotes rapid cell growth. It is an amazing healing plant!
Each grandkid has their own tube of plantain salve to apply to mosquito bites all summer long - works great!
I've used it for the occasional bee sting while out gathering plants - even a wasp sting this past summer. Gave relief rather quickly, when using it along with the fresh leaf.
During the winter months, we reach for plantain ointment when hoping to relieve the pressure of sinus congestion during nasty colds by applying the salve downward on both sides of the nasal passages. It can also help relieve ear pressure by rubbing it downward on the Eustachian tubes in the same manner.
Did someone say "teething"? Yep, apply plantain ointment to erupting teeth to help pull them through faster to give both the child and his/her family some relief! Be sure to not get it on neighboring gum tissue, though, as it may also pull other teeth through before their time.
Overwhelmed yet? This is just the beginning. But I'll stop for now. It really is all that!
Plantain Salve Available as:
Lip balm type tube: $3 each, 2 for $5
½ ounce tin: $4
1 ounce tin: $6
2 ounce tin: $10