Elemental Herbs’ products are full of great stuff picked fresh on organic farms all over the Bay Area. In this series, we take a peek inside our jars and tubes to explore the healing properties of some of our ingredients. This week we investigate the magic of plantago!
Plantago is a genus of about 200 species of small, inconspicuous plants, which is commonly called plantains, even though they are in no way related to the banana of the same name. Plantains are found all over the world, and many species grow wild as weeds.
Different species of Plantago have been used since prehistoric times as herbal remedies, with some ancient folklore even claiming that the plant could pull the venom from a snakebite. It was sometimes also ingested as a tea or tincture to cure coughs and colds. The broad-leafed varieties can also be eaten as a salad.
At Elemental Herbs we use plantain externally in our All Good Goop for its antibacterial, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, when ground, the leaves create a mucilage, which helps stimulate mucous membranes. This is essential for keeping the surface of a scrape, sting or burn soft for healing.