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Plantago major L.

This result should not be considered complete or definitive and is for reference only. Care must be taken when using any wild plant for food, fiber, medicine or any other non-traditional uses. The information was complied using multiple sources and these references should be consulted for more complete descriptions of usage(s) and potential health risk. We are not responsible for any ill effects from the information included on this page.

Uses Part Preparation Effect Notes
Vegetable  Root Powdered Charm against snakebite
Leaf Dried, tea
Leaf Raw or cooked When young
Medicine  Leaf Tea Female/childbirth
Leaf Bruised Fever Bound to body
Leaf Poultice Head/eyes Headache
Leaf Heated, tea Inflamation/swelling
Leaf Tea Kidney
Leaf Chopped, poultice Muscle pain/rheumatism
Leaf Fresh, wilted, tea Skin rash/allergy Insect bites
Leaf Wilt or scald, beat into poultice Skin/sores/bleeding Burns, bruises, blisters, ulcers, sores
Leaf Infusion Stimulant/tonic Strengthen child to walk or crawl
Plant Boiled Female/childbirth
Root Tea Digestion Dysentery
Root Poultice Skin/sores/bleeding
Sap or juice Head/eyes Sore eyes

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