Plantain is a low-growing, green plant with oval, ribbed short-stemmed, flat laying leaves. The leaves can grow up to about 6â€³ long and 4â€³ wide. Plantain sends up a leafless flower stock in summer/fall – the stalks can be up to ten inches tall. They grow all over the world, including America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Europe.
This herb has been used since prehistoric times as a natural remedy. Plantain is very high in beta carotene and calcium. It also provides ascorbic acid, and vitamin K.
It’s medicinal properties include: astringent, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, demulcent, expectorant, styptic and diuretic. The broad leaf variety can be eaten raw and fresh in salads. Due to plantain’s anti-inflammatory properties it works well for reducing the itch and pain associated with many skin problems.
The leaves is useful for insect bites, poison-ivy rashes, minor sores, and boils. Internally, it is used for coughs and bronchitis, as a tea, tincture, or syrup.
The leaves and the seed are medicinal used as an antibacterial, antidote, astringent, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, antitussive, cardiac, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic, laxative, ophthalmic, poultice, refrigerant, and vermifuge.
Plantain Leaf and Respiratory Issues
Two clinical trials in Bulgaria documented the plantain plants efficacy for chronic bronchitis . It acts as a demulcent, such as pectin and glycerin, which are common ingredients in cough syrups and throat drops. Demulcents relieve minor discomfort and irritation by forming a soothing film over the affected mucous membrane.
Support immune system, eye and bone health
Plantain leaves are rich in vitamin C, which is vital to supporting optimal immune system. These leaves also contain high amounts of vitamin A, which supports eye health, and helps to prevent macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness.
Truthfully, plantain can treat almost any health issue. According to The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, written by Dr. Finley Ellingwood, MD, in 1919, plantain is effective against virtually all blood diseases, many glandular diseases, mercury poisoning, diarrheal conditions, female disorders, and injuries, bites and rashes on the skin.
“Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis,” adds Life Advancer about the amazing healing potential of plantain.
“Add to salads, chew to ease thirst, or enjoy in stir fries. This versatile wild vegetable will keep you in good health for years to come!”
Plantain Herbal Tea
- 1 TBS dry or fresh whole Plantain (seed, root, and leaves)
1 cup boiling water
Optional: 1tsp Manuka honey (to sweeten)
Add the dry or fresh plantain to boiling water. Steep 10 min. Strain. You may choose to sweeten the tea, I like Manuka honey for the added health benefits. Drink through the day.
Wegener T, Kraft K. [Plantain (Plantago lanceolata L.): anti-inflammatory action in upper respiratory tract infections]. Wien Med Wochenschr. 1999;149(8-10):211-6. Review. German.
Kiochev. Plantain. Aisle 7. 2012 November 7.