weedy wednesday – plantain

broadleaf plantain – Plantago major via ediblewildfood.com

this might just be my favourite of the most unassuming, ubiquitous weeds out there. ‘tago has provided a soothing balm for my wounds, my multiple (and agonizing) wasp stings, for our deep, hacking dry winter coughs. and in spring (and all summer long), it’s a lovely bitter addition to any salad. and if you’ve ever had psyllium husk, it’s the seeds from Plantago that you’re using.

i cannot sing the praises of this subtle little weed enough.

look for lanceolata or major – they both work well!

Eat The Weeds video – Plantagos, Plantains

Edible Wild Food – Broadleaf Plantain

LiveScience – The Five Healthiest Backyard Weeds

Methow Valley Herbs – Herbal Oils

Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy – The Benefits and Uses of Plantain in Herbal Preparations