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Plant Your Feet and Meet Plantain

By Robin Bennett
Posted in Blog
On July 20, 2020

(Originally posted as a newsletter 7/14/20. If you are not signed up for my newsletters, signup here!



Toes in the Plantain

Hello Friends!


This common plant (no relation to the tropical banana)
has powers out of all proportion to her size! 
And almost anywhere you plant your feet on Mother Earth,
this ubiquitous weed will be there for you. 
It's amazing to me that people try so hard to eradicate this
generous healing plant.  
Plantain is safe for earthlings of all ages and species.

Plantain is a weed of so many talents!
It can be used internally and topically.
An infusion is made with dried leaves from either the broad-leaf or lance-leaf species, and is healing to the lungs, strengthens immunity, 
and can help soothe a dry cough.

Plantain is antiseptic and supports the health of your urinary system.
Rich in mucilage and tissue healing properties, plantain is a wonderful ally for restoring and tonifying the digestive system. 

It would be so easy to overlook this little "wonder herb" right under your feet, but if you slow down, you will see you have a great ally anywhere you live. 

Plantain is most famous as a first-aid plant.

Chew up the leaves for a "spit poultice" that can:


  • draw out a splinter
  • stop the itch of a mosquito bite
  • help stop bleeding
  • bring down the pain or swelling from a bee or wasp sting
  • localize the poison from a spider bite
  • help heal the site of a tick bite, as well as support the lymph in neutralizing bacteria


"Little plantain
Has big healing powers
And a rosette of leaves
With tiny white flowers,

Close to the earth,
Plantain's a humble weed
Who heals rashes and cuts
So they won't itch or bleed.

Wounds get cleaned out;
Infections are stopped, too.
Plantain's leaves draw out stuff
That is no good for you.

In the body
Lungs, kidneys and guts,
Are all toned by plantain,
With no ifs, and, or buts ... "

(Partial excerpt from "The Gift of Healing Herbs"  by Robin Rose Bennett)

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Are you following me on Instagram yet? 
Here I list Plantain's gifts for the body, mind, heart and soul.


My magical Moon Meditations CD is now available for download
directly from my website, here!



Herbs, Ritual and Sacred Ceremony
3-week course begins on July 30th!
Do you long for your life to be more magical?
To find ritual practices that can help you become more centered? 
Meaningful ritual is vital to our healing.
Join me from anywhere on our beautiful planet!
Classes are recorded if the timing does not work for you.


Herbal Magic Ritual Retreat
"Turn the World Around" -  A Weekend of Spiritual Activism
August 28 - 30

Held at the beautiful, private Blueberry Point in West Milford, NJ
This weekend we will engage in activist ritual magic together,
focused on birthing healing and justice in our world.
We will strengthen ourselves in community and bring joy to our hearts,
which gives us the juice we need to be activists in our lives,
in our communities, and in our beloved world.

For more information, visit my website.

Love and Green Blessings,
Robin Rose 

Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett

Robin Rose Bennett is a writer, teacher, green witch, herbalist, and a wisewoman… one who loves the earth and gives voice to the healing wild food and medicine plants which surround us. She has been a practicing herbalism for over 30 years, based in New Jersey & NYC. Robin focuses on the spiritual and ecological lessons of plants and treatment of illness.