Plantain and Chickweed
Chickweed is abundant in springtime in our area and can still be found here and there even in late spring/early summer. Plantain seems to be a hardy little plant and you can find it all throughout the warmer months. Like dandelions, plantain is tenacious and not picky about where it grows.
Parts used from Plantain: leaves
Parts used from Chickweed: The whole plant
Uses: I lumped these two together because they make an excellent salve when combined for cuts, burns, and insect bites. Think of it as a really good Nature Neosporin. Using it on cuts and scrapes, I think that it works twice as quickly in healing as standard antibiotic ointments.
Plantain also makes great poultices, which is really a fancy word for mashing things up with some liquid. Whether it be water in a mortar and pestle, or spit if you’re in a pinch, applying the resulting plant goo on your wound keeps it from external infection. Plantain poultices are especially good for helping with itchiness associated with insect bites and drawing out thorns or spiky hairs from other plants. Photo courtesy of Jokko Marat.