Plantain, also known as Plantago Major , Snakeweed , or Waybroad, is a small green plant that grows on roadsides around England. While often thought of as a weed, plantain has healing properties, and is used in wizarding remedies; dried plantain leaves are used in the treatment of mad dog bites.
Plantain is one of the oldest medicinal remedies and was considered one of the nine most sacred herbs of the Anglo-Saxons - early inhabitants of the British Isles.
- "Take a handful of hammer wort and a handful of maythe (chamomile) and a handful of waybroad and roots of water dock, seek those which will float, and one eggshell full of clean honey, then take clean butter, let him who will help to work up the salve, melt it thrice: let one sing a mass over the worts, before they are put together and the salve is wrought up."
- - the Lacnuga, one of the oldest medicinal texts of England
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