Plantago major, also known as plantain is fighting for respectability. It’s often mistaken for a roadside or backyard weed. However, this herb is extremely useful and can be used in many ways (not to confuse it with the banana-shaped plantain fruit). The perennial plant can be grown in both full- and part-sun locations, in a variety of soils. The veins of celery are reminiscent of the parallel veins found in lancet-shaped or oval leaves. Plantain plants can produce tall, thin flower shoots in the summer or late spring.
It is believed to be one the most effective and readily available herbs for treating a wide range of health issues, including chronic ones. Plantain herb can also be used medicinally as a nutritious and delicious edible rich in calcium and vitamins A, C, and K.
1. Reduce tooth and mouth pain
You can quickly get relief from canker sore pain, toothaches and other discomforts by simply putting a plantain leaf in your mouth and then chewing on it. The leaf’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce pain.
2. Skin irritation relief
You can make a poultice by crushing a leaf with a mortar & pestle to calm the pain from insect bites. To relieve itching or irritation, apply the poultice on the affected area. Is there a mortar and pestle? You can eat the leaf or scrape it on the bites. Herb Rally says that enzymes in saliva convert aucubin to the stronger antimicrobial compound, aucubigenin.
3. Antibiotic salve for cuts
You can make your own salve using plantain leaves and coconut oil (or another carrier oil) as well as beeswax. This homemade salve can be used to treat infections. To make it more effective and to produce a pleasant scent, add a few drops lavender oil.
4. Gastrointestinal discomfort
The internal use of plantain herb as a tea is another benefit. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, and cooling properties help to relieve stomachaches, acid reflux, diverticulitis, and IBS.
5. Relax your bladder and kidney problems
A tincture of plantain or tea can be helpful in treating urinary tract and kidney problems. Its properties flush out bacteria from the body, which helps to eliminate infection.
6. Skin cleanser and brightener
You can make a facial astringent simply by bruising some plantain leaves. The leaves should be covered with boiling water for at least 30 min. Strain the solution using a cotton ball. Apply the solution to your skin the next morning.
7. Slow or stop bleeding
You can stop bleeding by opening a plantain leaf. The leaves contain compounds that act as natural styptics, slowing or stopping blood flow.
8. Draw unwanted items out of the skin
Plantain has a unique ability to draw unwanted items from the skin quickly and efficiently. Poultices can be used to treat a pimple, abscess or a headache. They can also draw out a bee-stinger or remove a splinter.
A cup of plantain can help with bronchitis and other upper respiratory infections. The natural expectorant properties of the leaf loosen and expel mucus, while its anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated tissues.