Plantain (Plantago Major)
Merry Meet :))) Once upon a time there was a girl who was deeply in love with a man. She spent many hours on the side of the road watching for her love to come home to her. She spent so much time waiting for him that she eventually was transformed into the herb Plaintain, which now grows by the side of the road. So the legend goes...
Plantain is one of the nine sacred herbs of ancient Saxons. They referred to Plantain as Weybroad. Early Christians saw Plantain as a symbol of those who made the long journey to see Jesus. Native Americans referred to Plantain as white man's foot. This is much different then the plantain's that look like bananas. :))
If choosing to plant Plantain you must be careful. It is recommended to only grow it in pots as this is an herb that will spread if left to it's own devices. You can start plantain from seed in the early spring or fall. This herb will do well in almost any conditions. It can do well in both full sun, or partial shade.
Plantain has several uses. If you are stung by a bee, crush up a leaf of plantain and apply it to the area in which you were stung. It can help sooth most stings and bites. It can also help if you have poison ivy. It will help relieve the itching. You can also chew on a plantain leaf if you have a toothache. It can be used as a cleanset and an antiseptic as well.
The small young leaves of the plant can be used in salads, or steamed. You don't want to use them as they get bigger as they will get tough. If you do eat them be careful of how much you eat as they can act as a mild laxative.
Love and Blessings,