Plantain Leaf


Plantain is listed as having the following Properties: 

  • Antibacterial: – destroys or suppresses the growth of bacteria
  • Antimicrobial: – destroys or stops the growth of microorganisms
  • Anti-inflammatory: – reduces inflammation
  • Anti-toxic: – counteracts toxins
  • Vulnerary: – of use in the healing of wounds
  • Astringent: – encourages skin cells to contract

Traditional Uses:

  • Plantain is very high in vitamins A and C and in calcium. 
  • The chewed leaves are a traditional treatment for bee stings & insect bites, the itching of nettle stings, allergic rashes and to promote healing in minor burns, cuts and sores.
  • The leaves can be used to make a salve for the above purposes.
  • New young leaves can be used raw in salads and cooked as ‘greens’.
  • Older leaves can be used to make a tea/tissane.
  • Plantain tea can also be used as a mouthwash for sore gums.

Our Plantain: 

  • Is Wildcrafted and sustainably harvested in Bulgaria
  • Is not heat treated or irradiated and is free from GMO’s
  • Should be infused in boiling water before consumption.
  • A certificate of analysis can be provided for this product if required.




Latin Name: Plantago major syn. Plantago borysthenica, Plantago dregeana, Plantago latifolia, Plantago sinuata.

Plant Family: Plantaginaceae

Other Names: Common Plantain, Greater Plantain, Broadleaf Plantain, Way Bread, Snake Weed, Ripple Grass, Slanlus. Waybroad, Cuckoo’s Bread, Englishman’s Foot, White Man’s Foot, Che Qian Zi, Weybroed, Wegerich, Piantaggine & Plâtano.

Description: Greater plantain is an herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe, parts of Asia. It grows to a height of 25-30cm; the leaves arise on long stalks from a basal rosette and are dark green in colour with 5-9 noticeable ‘veins’, ovate, broad and 15-30cm diameter. The tiny flowers are green in colour with several purplish stamens and form dense ‘spikes’ sitting at the top of the stem, the spikes are approximately 5-20cm in length.

History: Dioscorides in the 1st century A.D. recommended plantain as an external remedy for all kinds of sores, the Anglo-Saxons held it in high regard; it was one of the nine herbs mentioned in the Nine Herbs Charm. In William Salmon’s herbal, 1710, he recommended a liniment be made with the juice of plantain and oil of roses which he believed ‘eases headache caused by heat, and is good for lunatics’, even Shakespeare got in on the act, in a scene from Romeo & Juliet, Romeo says to Benvolio ‘Your plantain leaf is excellent for broken shin’.

You can find a full article on Plantain here

Allergens: Nuts, gluten, celery, milk/dairy and mustard are handled on the site where this product is processed. Handling procedures are in place to reduce the likelihood of allergens being present, but we cannot guarantee our ingredients are totally free of traces in the product supplied.

Information provided in the Herbal Apothecary is from the ‘folk herbalist’ tradition and does not pretend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Celtic Earth Spirit advises you to consult a medical professional before trying any herbal product.

Additional information

Weight 0.080 kg

25g, 50g


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