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NAME: Broadleaf Plantain
SPECIES / FAMILY: Plantago Major / Plantaginaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): ribwort, white man's foot, or greater plantain
CONDITIONS: sun/shade, moist soil
COMMENT: Tastes like mushrooms! Eat young leafs and green seed heads (raw or cooked). Dry leaves for year-around use or to cook more easily. Old leafs do not break down easily, even after extensive boiling.
CAUTION: For those on blood thinners, plaintain is a coagulant and can dry out the skin.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Antidote; Astringent; Demulcent; Deobstruent; Depurative; Diuretic; Expectorant; Haemostatic;
Laxative; Ophthalmic; Poultice; Refrigerant; Vermifuge.(1)
- It is a blood coagulant, useful for abrasions outside and inside of the body, but not to use internally for those who need blood thinners.
LOOK-A-LIKES: Narrowleaf Plantain
OTHER USES: Bandaid, fiber, can be used in baths, but too much can be drying to the skin. Put leaf the size of a quarter in blender with water, then sieve out the greens. Hair will be easier to control and feel fuller.
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/plantin.html (good photos)