The Plantago — more commonly known as the ‘plantain plant’ — is often mistaken for a weed and killed, but it actually has many medicinal properties.
'Medicinal Herbs' by L. Sturdivant and T. Blakley calls plantain "the hardiest plant in the universe." There are about 200 Plantago species.
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Plantain contains constituents that promote wound healing, speed up cell growth, and soften skin. It's a mild anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antihemorrhagic and an expectorant. Plantain can act as a sedative, antiseptic, antiviral, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antiheumatic. It's a powerhouse of an herb.