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Related to plantago lanceolata: Plantago psyllium, Ribwort Plantain, English plantain, stinging nettle
(not the same as banana “plantain”) A very common green leafy weed found worldwide, that’s popular as a healer of wounds and injuries, body purifier, congestion aid, and neutralizer of poison and toxic elements. Widely used for skin diseases, constipation, digestion, prostate, urinary, respiratory, fevers, infections, hay fever, It protects mucus membranes from inflammation and calms down muscle contractions in conditions like asthma, colic, stomach aches. Tannins in plantain are astringent (a substance that brings tissues closer), making it useful for tuberculosis, stomach ulcers and bowel hemorrhaging, blood vomiting, diarrhea, colitis, colon inflammation, hemorrhoids, excessive menstrual bleeding. Helps clear stomach and bowel infections, peptic ulcers, diarrhea, dysentery, irritable bowel syndrome as well as urinary infections, cystitis, prostate and infection of the urethra. Leaf tea used for sore throats. Tea good for dilating bronchials, therefore good for bronchitis, asthma, difficulty breathing. Used to help eyes, heart conditions, cholesterol and lower blood pressure. (Do not take if prone to clots or on blood thinners.) Contains all 18 amino acids. Used as a pain relieving antiinflammatory, and lymph tonic. Amazing plant and it’s probably growing on your property RIGHT NOW ! Its free !!! Plantain has 5 veins running through leaf and the leaves grow in a pattern cluster of 5 leaves. For an insect or bee sting, take a plantain leaf, chew it in your mouth, then apply the green mush to the sting. It neutralizes the toxin and helps pull it out. Dry the leaves and powder them, store in mason jars and use all year round in soups, smoothies or stir fry. Excellent for the body. Plantain is a strong coagulant. It was used during the Civil War to stop bleeding in the field. Do not consume plantain if taking blood thinners or prone to blood clots. The coagulation properties makes it a good tea to douche with to stop heavy menstrual flow or uterine bleeding, plus in an enema for bowel bleeding. PLANTAIN SEED STEMS- the green stems that grow out from the center have edible seeds. Wait till the seeds turn brown, then strip them off to use as a source of psyllium seed husks for bowel regularity, clearing constipation and prostate issues. They have a wonderful binding quality, very soothing to the digestive system and bowels. Pick hundreds of stems and strip the seeds off while sitting at night watching TV. Let them dry and fill a mason jar with them. You can use these all winter long by adding to soups, salads, stir fry. Excellent source of vitamins, minerals and year round nutrition.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz