Also known as Common Plantain, Greater Plantain, Englishman's Foot, Whiteman's Foot, and Soldier's Herb.
History: Plantain has been used by many cultures throughout the world for thousands of years for its healing abilities. Saxons considered it one of their nine sacred herbs, calling it the "mother of herbs". Europeans used it as a remedy for small cuts. bruising, and bites. Despite its usefulness, Plantain is considered a noxious weed in some regions outside of its native range. When English settlers first came to America, they brought Plantains with them. Native Americans took to calling it Whiteman's Foot or Englishman's Foot due to its tendency to grow around European settlements. However, Natives soon came to realize its medicinal abilities and used the Plantain herb for various aliments.
Uses: bladder infections, bronchitis, colds, and irritated or bleeding hemorrhoids, kill germs reduce swelling, bee stings.
Active Ingredients: allantion, apigenin, aucubin, baicalein, linoleic acid, oleanolic acid, sorbitol, and tannin, beta carotene, vitamin C, calcium
Actions: expectorant, diuretic, demulcent, astringent