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Plantain Herb Health Benefits

Plantain is one of the world’s great “wound herbs. The natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of plantain leaf make it great for healing wounds, and for itching or pain associated with skin problems.

 

A tea made from Plantain leaf can be sprayed on mosquito bites to ease the itch.

 

A tea, tincture or salve made with plantain also greatly eases the itch of poison ivy, oak, or sumac.

 

The herb’s astringent properties helps ease the redness and itching associated with pink eye.

 

Patients can make a plantain compress by adding fresh, chopped plantain leaves to boiling water.

 

Plantain leaves are best used fresh; the plant can be put in the blender roots and all. Plantain is useful plant overlooked by many because of its abundance and reputation as a weed.

 

You have probably seen it growing in the cracks of sidewalks, or the middle of your driveway.

 

It is a good source of vitamins C, A, and K. Plantain is a low-growing, green plant with oval, ribbed short-stemmed leaves.

 

The leaves form basal rosettes which tend to hug the ground. The leaves may grow up to about 6″ long and 4″ wide, but tend to vary greatly in size depending on their soil and light conditions.

 

Plantain is not associated with any common side effects and is thought to be safe for children Plantain is classed as “able to be safely consumed when used appropriately”.

 

Plantain infusion (tea) can also be used as a soothing wash for sunburn, windburn, rashes, or wounds.

 

To make a plantain infusion, simply add a small handful of fresh plantain leaves to a cup or two of water, and bring to a gentle boil.

 

Turn off heat, and let steep, then strain out the leaves. Plantain is available right through the year, contact your health care provider before using this or any other herb.

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