Sunday, July 6, 2008


Plantain has been acclaimed for its ability to relieve bee stings, insect and spider bites, and rashes from Poison Ivy or Poison Oak. Plantain is an anti-inflammatory and astringent herb and luckily, it is a very common weed. It is probably in your back yard right now!
Plantain is a first rate "First Aid". A few crushed fresh leaves can quickly stop the bleeding of an open wound, stop the pain and inflammation of bug bites and stings, and relieve the itching from poison ivy. Plantain tincture can be used externally to clear up facial complexion or taken internally for canker sores.

(I learned about Plantain and all its wonderful uses from Practical Herbalism.)


Nealy said...

Interesting! Is this plantain related to the plantain fruit aka "dessert banana" that Carmen introduced to us last year?

The Herd said...

I tagged you over on my blog--come on over to read it:)

Janelle said...

like nealy I am quite curious if there is any relation. I grew up eating plantains and really miss them having moved to the US (Kansas especially).

Great tip though. :)

Ginger said...

Nope. Not the same at all. This plantain is an herb and a common weed. Plantains are a fruit (or is it vegetable? hmmmm)

Ginger said...


Fried plantains are one of my favorite desserts. I buy them at my local Supermercado (Hispanic Supermarket).