Plantain Weed | Natural Pain Relief

Plantain Weed

Plantago major (or great plantain) Plantain Weed has been used medicinally since ancient times. It grows easily in America, Asia, and Europe. most climates and is considered a weed by most gardeners. It is not to be confused with plantain fruit, which is a type of banana. 

Plantain Weed leaves contain active compounds like triterpenoids, phenolic acids, polysaccharides, terpenoids, lipids, caffeic acid derivatives, iridoid glycosides, and flavonoids. The edible leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. 

Plantain Weed has anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, antitussive, antipyretic, diuretic, laxative, astringent, and hemostatic effects. 

Medicinal Uses

Pain and Inflammation

Plantain weed contains biologically active compounds that may help reduce pain and systemic inflammation. When used topically, mild irritation can be soothed with this medicinal herb. 

Skin Care

Plantain weed can be used to soothe and hydrate skin and for wound healing. 


Plantain is commonly used for cough, but there isn’t any good research to support it. 

Other medicinal plants that are effective for treating a cough include Mullein and Horehound. But since the cause of a cough is important, it depends on the reason a person has developed a cough. If it’s from the common cold, then using medicinal plants specifically used for this virus may work better.  

Other Uses

Constipation, wounds and burns, fungal and bacterial infections, epilepsy, earache, conjunctivitis (pink eye), gingivitis, tonsillitis, toothache, halitosis, oral lesions, hemoptysis, asthma, tuberculosis, lung and pleural lesions, GI bleeding, dysentery, hemorrhoids, GI upset, peptic ulcers, urinary retention, hematuria, chronic bronchitis, acute urticaria (hives), anti cancer (breast, skin, kidney)

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