Plantain weed benefits and uses. There is this ‘weed’,  as you’d call it, grows right in your yard. This ‘weed’ is a powerful plant. Plantain is the name. There are serval types of edible plantain weed belonging to the same family as broadleaf plantain (most commonly found plantain). A few others would be; narrow leaf plantain, black seed plantain, blond plantain, bucks-horn plantain and wooly plantain. I would recommend looking into each just you are familiar with how they look. Often they are considered weeds, these plants all have edible leaves and seeds that have been used medicinally for centuries. Shall we dig in?? 

Plantain is found in grassy areas, fields, woods. Its an amazing healing aid and conveniently grows everywhere. Plantain may decrease inflammation. In particular the leaves contain serval anti-inflammatory compounds, such as flavonoids, terpenoids, glycosides and tannis. A rat study found that administering plantain weed extract decreased serval markers of inflammation caused by liver injury. Another study showed decreased inflammation and reduced liver enzymes to protect against liver damage.

Promotes wound healing, research notes that plantain weed supports wound healing by reducing inflammation, blocking microbial brother and relieving pain. Add plantain crush up or squeeze the whole leaf to a wound as a bandage. Plantain weed is shown to improve wound healing and enhanced tissue repair when applied topically.

You ever heard of psyllium husk? Its known to help digestion. Serval compounds in plantain weeds seeds and leaves ave née shown to alleviate certain digestive issues. Plantain ends caontain psyllium. This is where you get psyllium husk. Its a type of fiber often used natural laxative since it absorbs water as it moves through you digestive tract. A rat study even found that narrow leaf plantain extract prompted the healing of stomach ulcers. 

Plantain can be safely eaten raw or cooked. Add to salads, soups, stews or stirfrys. Older the leaves tend to be tougher, they may be better suited for cooked dishes. 

For topical use, you can dry the leaves and infuse them into your choice of oil, such as coconut, sunflower, olive or almond. I have used the leaves to cover my children wounds during the summer. When they fall off their bike and get a scrapped knee. You find the nearest largest leaf, crush in your hand and place right over the wound. Acts as a bandage and heals. I have also used them for burns and sprain wrists or ankles. 

You can find plantain weed in capsule, tincture and tea form at numerous health stores and pharmacies. Although I would recommend getting outside and finding it for yourself and children. May save your life one day. 

The standard dosage for infusions or teas is 5 oz, 3-4 times a day. In powered form, typical dosages ranges from 3-5 grams per day. Be sure you don’t exceed the dosage. May cause diarrhea, gas, blasting and uncomfortable fullness. 

Despite being considered a weed, the commons garden plantain has edible leaves and seeds. Provides health benefits, such as improved digestion, enhanced wound healing and lower inflammation. Plantain weed is widely available, literally right outside your door.