Plantain: The Pharmacy in the Sidewalks

 

Every spring, summer, and fall you can find this little plant right there in the cracks of the sidewalk, mixed in with the dandelions and somehow always staying alive no matter how many times it gets stepped on.

Those are the Plantains, both the Broadleaf and the Lance, though their habit of growing wild in the American colonies earned them the name of “White Man’s Footprint”. It is these two leafy herbs with their spear like stalks rising up above them that you may want to take a moment to spare from your annual weed spray or trimmer this year and instead add them to your pantry or First Aid kit, and here’s why:


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