The leaves of the plantain plant are made into a poultice as a painkiller for cuts and bruises and the above ground part of the plant is made into a tea to soothe burns. A leaf that is large enough to cover a cut is used. Fresh leaves are preferred because Ruth said,
When you dry them in the winter, they will [turn to] powder. But you can also make a poultice out of that and do the same thing.
But in the summer time, you cover the cut with a leaf and crush the rest of the leaves and put it on, whether it's a bruised ankle, twisted ankle, or a cut and it's painful. You make a poultice and apply it to the area.