Wild Edibles: Wild Plantain Tea

Wild Edibles: Wild Plantain Tea

Wild Plantain Tea

Wild plantains are said to have an impressive variety of benefits, including use as a wound-healer, astringent, expectorant, diuretic, emollient, cooling, antimicrobial, antitoxin, antiviral, and demulcent. This common backyard weed is high in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and vitamin K. Wild plantains can easily be used to make wild plantain tea.


I had heard that plantain tea tastes unpleasant, but I found that it is actually mild and earthy. The leaves can be steeped either fresh or dried. To make fresh plantain tea, grab a small handful of washed plantain leaves and steep them in boiling hot water for 3 – 5 minutes. To dry the leaves for tea, use a dehydrator, or bake the leaves on low in the oven for about an hour, and crush them. A tea infuser can be used to keep the dried leaves from needing to be strained from the tea. I do not use any sweetener in the tea; the herbal taste is very subtle and pleasant.

This plantain tea (infusion), can also be used as a soothing wash for rashes, sunburns, windburns, or wounds. For more information about this plant, view this article about wild plantains. There are many common wild edibles throughout the United States, and when identified properly, can help to make a great meal while backpacking.

The book below, available as a digital download from REI, is a great resource for backpacking food ideas.

FalconGuides Lipsmackin' Backpackin' - Enhanced Digital Book

FalconGuides Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’ – Enhanced Digital Book

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