Plantain is a wonderful herb with many health benefits. Leaves are collected before flowering (can be dried or used fresh). Flowers are also dried and root is gathered in Fall and dried. The seeds (highly rich in colloids) are used in laxative preparations (Psyllium husk). It is also edible (leaves). This herb is highly anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-viral. Speeds up wound healing, stops bleeding, itching, direct leaf contact immediately improves physical injuries, insect bites, poison ivy. The herb contains the well known cosmetic ingredient called allantoin!. Works great also on eczema, dandruff, sunburn and diaper rash. In Europe plantain is used as a cough, cold, bronchitis remedy.
Medicinal uses: Plantain tincture: antiseptic used for both respiratory tract infections and skin problems, also can be ingested to treat internal ailments. Skin-care and dermatological uses: salves for any kind of skin ailments (burns, sores, ulcers, cuts, infections, blisters, rashes), allantoin emollient cosmetics (creams, oils, butters), acne, capillary tonic (works on cuperosis). Digestive and other internal organs ailment (tea, salads): digestive aid (indigestion), constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, uterine toner, anti-cancerous (slows and represses tumor growth), anti-cardiovascular disease (as it lowers LDL cholesterol and improves HDL and also lowers triglycerides and regulates apolipoproteins), dropsy, eye wash, post-partum care (bleeding, helps with placenta elimination and cramps), jaundice, epilepsy, tuberculosis, gastric and bowel ulcers, dyspepsia. Controls obesity! helps with loosing weight! It makes great cough syrups (expectorant and soothing).
Caution: this plant is very safe to use, as it has no side-effects.
Products with Plantain: Allantoin products (stimulate growth of new skin cells, renewal) like emollient and anti-wrinkle serums, Psyllium husk products (fiber and digestive aid and colon cleanser). Cough Syrups (natural and organic). Teas, tinctures, capsules, naturopathic formulations.