is it found?
Plantain is very common in
moist wet places, lawns, and wet meadows and along stream beds in
does it look like?
The plant is a perennial
herb with parallel veins of the leaves. It has light green brown
flowering stalks that are densely covered along the tips with yellow green
flowers (Moore, 1979).
What are the medical uses?
Plantain is used for
treating insect bites and stings, snake bites, sunburn, poison ivy,
rashes, blisters, burns, and cuts (kershaw, 2000). It is also used to treat cancer, coughs, hypertension and mouth
sores. Plantain also has anti-inflammatory effects.
What chemicals are in it?
Plantain is rich in
vitamins A, C, and K. They also contain eleven different chemicals with
antihypertensive activities. These chemicals are Alpha-Linolenic-Acid,
Acid, Calcium, Fiber, Gaba, Magnesium, Potassium, Quercetin, Rutin, and
Tryptophan (Dr. Duke, 2003). Other chemicals include Flavonoids, Allantoin, and Tannin.