Plantain (Plantago major) is a weed commonly found in the wild and, much to the dismay of many suburbanites, the lawns of almost everyone living in temperate climates. This hardy weed can frequently be found growing in the cracks and crevices of walkways, on dirt roads and in the craks of roads and highways.
Plantain is often a forgotten herb because it’s maligned as an invasive and common weed. The good news is, plantain is not only freely and readily available, it’s also high in vitamins C, A and K. But plantain offers much more than just vitamins!
Anti-inflammatory and Antibacterial Actions
Studies have demonstrated that plantain is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Plantain contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical that kills germs, speeds wound healing, and stimulates the growth of new skin cells (many commercial cosmetic creams and lotions list allantoin as an active ingredient).
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