Parts used and where it growns
Plantain is native to Europe and Asia, but now grow practically anywhere in the world where there is sufficient water. Plantain should not be confused with the banana-like vegetable of the same name.
The leaves of plantain are primarily used as medicine. The seeds of plantain can also be used medicinally, having mild laxative effects similar to the seeds of psyllium, a close relative of plantain.
1. Bruised or crushed leaves have been applied topically to treat insect bites and stings, eczema, and small wounds or cuts.
To make a first aide poultice on the spot; first gather and rinse the leaf. Chew the leaf for a few minutes in your mouth to break down the plant tissues.
Then place the masceration ( the chewed leaf ) on the site of the sting or bite. The pain will cease and the venom will be drawn our of the injury site.
Historical or traditional use
Plantain has long been considered by herbalists to be a useful remedy for cough, wounds, inflamed skin or dermatitis, and insect bites.
It was considered by herbalists to be a gentle, soothing expectorant, and additionally to have a mild astringent effect