by Petra Webstein

Poultices created by nature for nature

Small leave Ribwort plantain (plantago lanceolata) head

Plantain – Another miracle weed

Two common plantains we know off are the narrow leaved plantain (Plantago lanceolata also known as Ribwort plantain) and the broad leaved plantain (Plantago mayor) mostly found in water-logged environments.

Medicinal propensities

  • Cooling and regenerative
  • Contains silica, mucilage, beta carotene, calcium and tannins
  • Anti-inflamatory, anti-bacterial, astringent and emollient

Plantain is an effective treatment for bleeding, it quickly staunches blood flow and encourages the repair of damaged tissue. It also is good for itchy skin, dry skin, burns, rashes, bites, wound healing, acne, rosacea, cell regeneration, scars.

It makes a fantastic poultice to draw out abscesses. 

How to use it

Simply find plantain leaves (narrow or broad ones) cut them up into small pieces, add some water and apply it to the area needed. Put a bandage around it to hold it in place.

Poultices: Mash up enough plantain to create a thick layer over the area needed and then apply appropriate bandaging.

Source: Rachel Blackwell – Nurtured by Nature

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