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Mi'kmaq (Micmac) Medicines, Foods and Teas*
contributed by Laurie Lacey.

Plantain (Plantago major L.)

The Mi'kmaq used plantain leaves to draw poison from wounds, and to heal them. The leaves were crushed or bruised and applied in poultice form. Also, plantain leaves were steeped in water, and the liquid taken internally as a general stomach medicine (for example, to treat stomach ulcers). [Photograph adapted from Foster & Duke: 1990]

*The author is not responsible for the use of medicinal remedies mentioned above.
The information is given for cultural purposes only.

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