Mind you, it's a rather special ingredient. It acts as a sedative, anaesthetic, alterative, antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-toxic ,anti-histamin, and anti-inflammatory. And all of that in one plant.
But does it get arrogant? No. Under all circumstances it keeps its humbleness. It gets walked on, and feels fine about that. And it grows everywhere, so we can use it.
Dutch: weegbree - French: plantain - German: Wegerich - Spanish: plantago
Here's what you need:
a handful of plantain leaves
a mortar and pestle
Crush the leaves until the juice comes out. Apply directly on the skin and cover with a bandage/piece of cloth. Leave on the skin for at least 30 minutes. Repeat as often as necessary.
I know, most of us don't happen to carry a mortar and pestle with them in the field. So alternatively, you can either rub it on the skin, crush it with a stone or chew it. This will break off some of the plant's cell walls. Apply wherever needed.
Do not just cover a wound/rash with whole leaves, the cell walls need to be broken down before the juice with the active ingredients can do its work.
Both narrow-leaved (Plantago lanceolata) and broad-leaved plantain (Plantago major) can be used. Plantain is a highly effective first aid herb, but too often overlooked. So next time you walk on it, take a closer look. It may come in handy one day.