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Common Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major)
 
Broadleaf plantain is a very helpful medicinal plant. This is also one that is edible (though often not real palatable) so there is no real worry about toxicity from eating this plant. Of course since it is usually bitter it is not likely anybody would eat a lot of it anyway. I have eaten some during an intense rainy season in Utah and it was not near as bad as other times I've tried this plant. 
 
 
Plantain is a great option for soothing insect stings and bites and I've even heard a first hand account of it helping heal a rattle snake bite. Plantain has some amazing poison removal properties and has a long history of being used for this purpose. You can use the dried leaves or fresh and just chew them up on the spot if needed to make a quick poultice. If you prepare ahead of time you can create a salve or other herbal remedy with this plant and even mix with others such as Yarrow.
 
 


Plantain in Author's garden, June 2015
Young Plantain Starts
 

Plantain and Yarrow Healing Salve

I am using this plant s I write this. I had a great opportunity come up to test the healing properties of yarrow and plantain just this weekend. My daughter wanted me to go with her on a bike ride but my bike was hanging up so I decided to go with her on the push scooter instead. It is a large scooter that will accommodate dad pretty well even at my height. Needless to say I am not all that great with the scooter compared to kids these days and when she stopped in front of me and I was cruising fast behind her I went sailing over the curb to avoid her. I won't show you the pics but I lost a lot of skin and I think a little bone. Two days later and it is healing well and feels very comfortable with the salve on it. That is the most major reason I have used plantain but I have also personally used it for bee stings and spider bites with fantastic relieving results.
 
 
 
 
Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago_major