There are over 260 species in the Plantaginaceae family of plants, many of which have been used medicinally for thousands of years, but some are considered weeds. The seeds of the greater plantain (Plantago major) are used as bird food. The whole plant contains tannins, salicylic acid, vitamins B and C; it also contains an abundance of interesting phytochemicals, some of which may be responsible for its reputation as vulnerary, anti-toxic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

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