Native to Europe, greater plantain has also been introduced to many other countries. It is now found in most temperate regions across the world. It is a weed that was spread wherever colonists went leading to one of its other names – ‘white man’s footprint’. American Indians adopted this herb and used it as a wash for sore eyes.

Further back in time, in the Medieval ages, we see plantain being considered a heal-all. It was useful in the treatment of digestive complaints and skin wounds, bites, and stings. Plantain was also used by other ancient civilisations, including the Persians. Read more below from a post prepared by naturopathy in Ballarat to learn what are the folklore and modern uses associated with this healing herb.

Foraging & Folklore

Happily growing in the cooler months of Autumn, especially where soil has been recently disturbed by digging, it is also often found in the cracks of pavement or in areas where the soil has been compacted by people. This herb thrives in all sorts of soils, making it a wonderful plant to forage for.

Plantain is a resilient, feminine herb that embodies selflessness, healing, proliferation, generosity, and determination. The ability of plantain to stop bleeding saw this herb being used by soldiers. Its connection to the heart also sees it used to provide emotional support to a broken heart. Plantain also helps you to speak from the heart, with confidence, eloquence and diplomatically.

Greater Plantain: Modern Uses

Greater plantain is used for a wide variety of purposes, including:

  • To help support the healing of cuts, insect bites, and stings.
  • To help reduce skin inflammation.
  • As a fresh poultice to injuries and bites to help stop bleeding.
  • As an infusion to help with respiratory conditions, where it is soothing and helps your body expel mucus.
  • Reducing the severity of diarrhoea is.
  • Soothing intestinal bleeding.
  • To help maintain the health of the urinary system.
  • Supporting the health of the cardiovascular system.

Finds this healing herb interesting? Discover more helpful healing herbs around us with these articles here prepared by Ballarat naturopathy.

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