The plantain weed Is a widely spread green plant. It has flat, oval, ribbed and short-stemmed leaves that could be up to 4″ wide and 6″ long.
During the summer or winter, the plant is only a leafless flower stalk that can reach up to 10” in height.
This common weed offers various medical properties, which is why it has been used as a treatment for thousands of years. It contains high amounts of ascorbic acid, vitamin K, calcium and beta carotene, has powerful anti-inflammatory, demulcent, antimicrobial, expectorant, astringent, anti-histamine, diuretic and styptic properties.
The leaves can be consumed raw or added in salads, prepare a syrup, tinctures, or tea. Thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties they can soothe pain and itching due to skin issues, poison ivy rashes, boils, insect bites, and minor sores.
The plantain weed’s seeds and leaves offer many health benefits, as they are a natural laxative, have demulcent, refrigerant, antidote, antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, cardiac, antitussive, hemostatic, expectorant, vermifuge, poultice, and ophthalmic activity.
“Plantain is like a panacea for our body and it can treat everything, from digestive problems to all menstrual difficulties, to almost all skin problems and even arthritis” claims Life Advancer.
In American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy by Dr. Finley Ellingwood, MD (1919), it says that this plant is incredibly effective in the case of all blood diseases female disorders, injuries, diarrheal conditions, rashes and bites on the skin, different glandular diseases, and mercury poisoning.
According to two Bulgarian trails, plantain weed is also effective in treating chronic bronchitis. This is because the demulcent properties of plantain are similar to the ones of glycerin and pectin, which are common in cough syrups and throat drops. The demulcents are responsible for soothing minor irritations and discomfort by forming a soothing film over the affected mucous membrane.
This plant can also boost the immune system thanks to its abundance in vitamin C. It also contains vitamin A which supports eye health and protects against macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness.
Plantain Herbal Tea- recipe
- 1 tablespoon fresh or dry, whole Plantain plant
- 1 cup of boiling water
*a teaspoon of Manuka honey( optional)
In the boiling water, add the whole plant, the seeds, roots, and leaves. Let it steep for 10 min, and then, strain it. If you want your tea to be sweet, add a teaspoon of Manuka honey.