Plantain (Plantago spp.) is a weed you have probably seen thousands of times and thought nothing of. It was called “white man’s foot” by Native Americans because it came across the sea with the Europeans and showed up wherever they set their feet on the ground. Plantain loves disturbed soil on the edges of sidewalks, old construction sites, dug up yards, and more. These often dry irritated landscapes with disturbed often poor soil where people walk a lot is where plantain pokes up. No wonder it is so soothing, both when growing and when used medicinally it helps try to bring things back to balance. It tries to nourish and repair the disturbed soil and ease its healing. In the same way plantain helps soothe, protect, and heal our bodies both internally and externally.
Plantain is our herb of the month for May 2014 – In this issue you fill find these articles:
- Letter From The Editor
- Plantain Herbal Monograph
- History and Mythology of Plantain
- Plantain Tea and a Gut Healing Tea Blend
- Plantain For Kids
- Springtime Weed Walk With Kids
- Fresh Plantain Tincture – Instructions and Uses
- Plantain Soap Recipe
- How and Why to Use Plantain For Skin and In Teas
- Drawing Salve Recipe
- Plantain for First Aid
In the herb box you will find:
- A printed instructional brochure with step by step guide to playing with plantain!
- Plantain leaf – dried
- Tummy Soothing Tea Blend
- Ingredients, supplies and directions on how to make a drawing salve – perfect for splinters, bug bites and bee stings.
- Fresh Plantain Tincture