Plantain, common (Plantago major) and Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata) Non-Native

Plantain, common (Plantago major) and Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Parts used: leaves

Medicinal uses: Quickly staunches blood flow and encourages the repair of damaged tissue. It can be used to treat bruises and broken bones. An ointment or lotion can be used to treat hemorrhoids and external ulcers. Taken internally it is diuretic, expectorant, and decongestant. It is commonly used for gastritis, peptic ulcers, diarrhea, dysentery, irritable bowel syndrome, respiratory congestions, loss of voice, and urinary tract bleeding (Chevallier 250-1). The leaves themselves can be used immediately to staunch wounds and abrasions in the field, often termed nature’s bandage. Just bruise the lead slightly then wrap around the damaged tissue.

Additional uses: An infusion of the plant can be used as a skin lotion. Using the whole plant, wool can be died a dull gold with an alum mordant. If a chrome mordant is used then a camel color can be found (Kowalchik 416).

Plantain common-Plantago-major and Ribwort-plantain-Plantago-lanceolata

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Cautions: None known (Chevallier 250-1)

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