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NAME: Narrowleaf Plantain
LATIN NAME / FAMILY: Plantago Lanceolata / Plantaginaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): Ribwort, English Plantain, and Lamb's Tongue
CONDITIONS: sun / well-drained soil
COMMENT/CAUTION: 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, it is a coagulant.
NUTRITION / MEDICINAL: Antibacterial; Antidote; Astringent; Demulcent; Expectorant; Haemostatic; Laxative; Ophthalmic; Poultice. (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: Broadleaf Plantain http://www.wildfoodies.org/Plantain,Broadleaf.htm
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):
4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/plantin.html (good photos)