An Easy Plantain Salve Recipe (and why you need it!)

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Plantain is one of the most accessible herbs there is – it's another medicinal that's considered a “weed” by many! It's so useful, though. Not only is it edible and nutritious (treat it like spinach or use older leaves to make a tea), it's also has topical healing properties.

According to Mountain Rose Herbs,

Medicinally, plantain leaf is approved by the German Commission E for respiratory catarrhs and mild inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa. It is traditionally used for upper respiratory support, and is topically used for minor cuts, bruises, and stings. The leaves of plantain are quite edible, and are often cooked as greens or used raw in salads. Older leaves have a stronger flavor and may be considered objectionable. These older, stringy leaves may still be used in herbal teas, and are particularly suitable for survival situations where the tough fibers may be converted to rope or fishing line. Plantain is very high in vitamins A and C and is also a rich source of calcium.

You can take fresh, clean leaves and place them over a wound before you bandage it. You can make quick-n-dirty “poultice” by chewing leaves and putting them on a small wound, sting, or bite.

This healing herb is easy to find - learn how to make plantain salve for cuts, bites, and stings!
This healing herb is easy to find – learn how to make plantain salve for cuts, bites, and stings!

You can also make a healing salve from plantain – it's great to have it handy and ready to go for first aid uses and throughout the year when plantain doesn't grow. I shared my recipe on Scratch Mommy today:

Head to Scratch Mommy for an easy plantain salve recipe! 


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4 Responses

  1. Crystal DeBacker

    It’s amazing how many wild plants/flowers are categorized as weeds but have so many healing properties. Dandelion and Plantain are great, but everyone uses pesticides and weed killers on them, including my husband 🙁 Where can you get these without letting ‘weeds’ grow throughout your yard?

  2. Megan Stevens

    I didn’t know you could eat the younger plantain leaves like spinach!! Love that source of calcium. Thanks for all of the insight and the recipe!

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