I couldn't live without plantain. Our yard is full of it, so we use it fresh in the summer and dry and freeze it in the winter. It's great for soothing bug bites, rashes, and burns.

Plantain, or Plantago Major, has broad leaves. It's a weed, but a very useful herb. Mountain Rose Herbs:

Alexander the Great brought it to Europe in 327 BCE, according to legend. Native Americans called it Whiteman's Foot because it grew everywhere they went.

Plantain contains vitamins A, C, and calcium. Native Americans used plantain leaves to treat bee stings and insect bites, poison ivy, and sores and bruises.

The Many Uses of Plantain: – To help get Cholesterol to healthy Levels – To aid those with Diabetes – For Hemorrhoid relief – To help relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome – To help calm the bowels during Constipation or Diarrhea

Plantain Leaf is also very soothing on external  inflammation: – Bites – Stings – Rashes – Eczema – Psoriasis – Burns – Cuts – Yeast – Varicose Veins

How to Use Plantain: If fresh plantain grows in your yard, you can make sure it has not been sprayed by pesticides or pets and use in teas or the young leaves in salads.

Other Backyard Foraging – Sumac – a lemony tasting plant used in tea or tinctures for multiple benefits – Dandelions – make a powerful liver-cleansing tea or add to salad – Chickweed – make a skin-soothing salve!