I was asked to create some recipes for plantain because a friend on JAP has lots of it in her back yard. Here is what I have. Will also make some pretty picture recipes to add here later today with this information. It is the first in a weekly series I will continue each week all summer long.
Botanical: Plantago major (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Plantaginaceae
Synonyms---broad-leaved plantain, ripple grass, waybread, slan-lus, waybroad, snakeweed, cuckoo's bread, englishman's foot, white man's foot, buckhorn plantain, dog's ribs, hock cockle, lance-leaved plantain, rub grass, dooryard plantain, round-leaved plantain, (Anglo-Saxon) weybroed, Che Qian Zi (China), Breitwegerich (German), Tanchagem-maior (Portuguese), Llantén común (Spanish), Llantén major (Spanish)
Of course as with all herbal medicines, you are your own best doctor - listen to your body and pay attention to it's interaction with the herb, and you will undoubtedly figure out your own best uses and dosages. Plantain is not associated with any common side effects and is thought to be safe for children, however, some allergy sufferers may have a reaction to plantain pollen, so if you feel this may be a problem for you, you may want to only use the plantain leaves for your herbal preparations.
Information gathered from books, personal knowledge and internet.