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Plantain (Plantago spp)

Description

Plantain (Plantago spp) is a special herb that offers numerous health benefits. It is a popular weed in America that grows in almost every lawn. Due to its stumpy profile and less aggressive habit protect it from homeowners. This herb is commonly known as the Plantago Major. Basically, this is a great herb with numerous uses. In fact, many people in America who are aware of its health benefits call it the Bandaid plant. This is mainly due to its fast relief and usability. Even though many people were initially skeptical about its uses, it has now been accepted internationally as an effective remedy for various medical problems.   

Medicinal Uses

Although plantain is a weed it has numerous uses. This herb tends to be overlooked, especially because of its stumpy growth habit. Many people use it to deal with insect bites and bee stings. You can simply chew a few leaves and apply the juicy lump to the bee sting. This will have an immediate effect on the affected area. The juice is very effective in relieving pain caused by bee sting and other insect bites.

The leaves of plantain are also good for wounds. You can bruise the leaf lightly and place it on the wounded part. Bandage the leave on the wound for a few hours to allow its juice to draw impurities from the dirty wound. Some people use plantain’s seeds as laxatives. However, the work of gathering enough seeds can prove to be tedious. You can also use plantain to soothe your skin after an irritation. This is especially effective in treating baby rash. So if you are planning to go camping with your baby, you should consider having a few plantain leaves. Bruise a few leaves and place them in your baby’s diaper. You can also apply its juice to the irritated parts.

Plantain can also be used internally to treat conditions such as diarrhea. To treat this disorder, you are supposed to prepare tea with plantain leaves and take the concoction a couple of times everyday for one week. You can also use the tea to treat yeast infection. Drinking this concoction regularly can help you deal with respiratory problems such as cough. The extract is normally used as a perfect expectorant. This has led to the use of plantain in the production of various types of drugs. Medical studies also show that there are other useful remedies hidden in plantain’s unassuming nature.      

Dosage and Administration

Take three cups of plantain tea a day for a week. You can also use its leaves directly 3 to 4 times a day to treat minor wounds. To cure a cough, take 2 teaspoonfuls of plantain tincture three times a day.

Parts Used

The most commonly used parts of plantain are its leaves and seeds. The leaves are used to prepare a special type of tea that can be used as a homeopathic remedy for various medical conditions. The seeds on the other hand are used to produce oil that is also used to treat different ailments. This herb can be a perfect poultice. But to use it this way, you need to collect leaves to cover your wound. Apply the mash on the affected part and cover it with a bandage for a few hours. The poultice helps you to drag out foreign objects in your flesh.

Benefits

Medical researches have revealed that plantain can be used as a perfect remedy for various diseases. For instance, it is perfect for soothing throats. You can mix honey with the plantain leaf juice and allow it to stay for half an hour before taking it. This herb can also be used the in production of homeopathic tincture. To make this tincture more effective, add 230ml of alcohol to it. Allow it to sit for a couple of weeks, shaking it daily. After two weeks, you can squeeze the herb’s matter with cheesecloth. This mixture can be used to treat children’s mouth problems, mild ulcers, diaper rash, cold, and more.   

Side Effects

Although plantain can treat numerous types of infections it should be used carefully since it can trigger serious side effects. For instance, it can cause diarrhea, stomachache, bloating, low blood pressure, aggressive heart beat, and more. Pregnant women are advised not to take this herb since it can have adverse effects on the fetus and the mother’s health. If you experience any of these conditions after taking plantain, then consult a qualified medical doctor.

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