Plantain - Plantago Major Plantain grows all over the world and is commonly found in backyards and cracks in city sidewalks. It has a long history of use for chronic skin conditions. Plantain is a mild demulcent which means it wets tissue. This makes it ideal for healing bites, stings, scrapes and minor wounds as well as soothing itchy and irritated skin. It works to draw things out which makes it ideal for splinters and drawing out infections and dirt from wounds. For a quick herbal first aid chew up some plantain leaves and apply directly to the affected area. Plantains healing quality has also historically been used internally to soothe the intestinal lining.