There is evidence that the Plantain has been used for millennia throughout the world, and here in England, the plantain was held in high esteem by our Anglo-Saxon ancestors who listed it as one of the 9 sacred herbs in their herbal Lacnunga (meaning remedies) compiled around the late 10th century. Its praises are sung by Nicholas Culpeper in Culpeper’s Herbal printed in 1652 and even King Henry VIII used it as a herb. Currently, it is used medicinally in Burma, China and Hawaii where they have done much Scientific research into the efficacy of this herb.
But sadly here in the UK, it’s immense medicinal value was lost to common knowledge and it is now considered a weed to be eradicated from every garden and allotment or crack in the pavement it grows from. And yet it was once described as a panacea herb.
Some facts about this wonderful wild herb: