The large plantain and the lanceolate plantain are, among approximately 250 species of plantain known throughout the world, the two plants of this botanical genus having the widest geographical distribution. Their medicinal properties have been known since ancient Greek times and their therapeutic uses are widespread in both the East and the West.

Although some botanists believe that a plant similar to the large plantain existed in North America, the latter became established after the arrival of the white man in America. So much so that the Amerindians called it "white man's feet" because it settled wherever the white man put his boot, the soles of which had carried the tiny seeds from France or England. The Amerindians adopted it. It quickly became part of their pharmacopoeia in the same way as indigenous plants.

The restful effect on tired eyes of an eyewash prepared with plantain leaves has long been known.

In the countryside, plantain is used to soothe toothache by placing a pad of grated plantain root in the ear canal.

The seeds of the large plantain, which must be harvested when ripe and dry, are a delight for pet birds.

The whole plant is used either in food, dietetics or therapeutics. The young leaves can be eaten as a salad or vegetable. The fresh juice extracted from the leaves (in the spring, at flowering) is used in various preparations, including eye drops (in the form of hydrolat).

The roots of the plantain are harvested (all year round) and crushed to prepare anti-infectious poultices. The ripe seeds (harvested in dry weather and dried quickly in the sun or in a warm oven to avoid browning) are a very rich food supplement.

In magic for the development of psychic powers but also for protection against larvae.

Not for food consumption.

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