Plantain is a perennial herb, thought to be of Eurasian origin and now naturalized throughout the world. Plantain is considered a common and noxious weed by some and a miracle plant by others.

The common plantain has numerous applications and both the leaves as well as the seeds of the plant are useful to treat a number of conditions. While the plantís leaves can be taken as a juice, tincture and syrup, infusion prepared with the common plantainís seeds are also very useful in treating various disorders. Externally, the herbís leaves may be applied as poultice, ointment or cream, wash and gargle.

The fruit is extremely low in fat, high in dietary fiber and starch. It is very low in cholesterol and salt too. It is a good source of vitamins A, B6, and C which helps maintain vision, good skin, and build immunity against diseases. It is also rich in potassium, magnesium and phosphate. When cooked green, is very good for diabetics, as it contains complex carbohydrate that is very slowly released.

"Medicinal" herb tea: For colds and flu use 1 tbls. dry or fresh whole Plantain (seed, root, and leaves) to 1 cup boiling water, steep 10 min. strain, sweeten. Drink through the day.

Healing salve: In large non-metallic pan place 1lb. of entire Plantain plant chopped, and 1 cup lard, cover, cook down on low heat till all is mushy and green. Strain while hot, cool and use for burns, insect bites, rashes, and all sores. Note: used as night cream for wrinkles.

Use the Aerial parts leaves etc to make:

JUICE: Common plantain juice may be prepared by pressing fresh leaves of the plant. Consuming 10 ml of the juice thrice daily is beneficial for inflamed mucous membranes in cystitis, diarrhea and infections of the lungs or respiratory tract.

TINCTURE (Plantago lanceolata): Tinctures of the common plantain should be preferably prepared with fresh leaves. This tincture is beneficial for heavy mucus, allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the nose mucus membrane) and whenever required for astringency (drawing tissues closer).

POULTICE Soak a pad in common plantain tincture and apply it on the body areas to heal bee-stings or wounds that have been slow in healing. Applying fresh common plantain leaves will also have the same function as poultice prepared from the herb.

OINTMENT (Plantago major): Ointments or creams prepared with the leaves of the common plantain may be applied to heal wounds and burns or stem hemorrhoids.

WASH The juice extracted from the common plantain herb leaves may be used as a wash for relief from inflammations, sores as well as injuries.

GARGLE Dilute the juice extracted from the common plantain leaves and use as a gargle to alleviate sore or aching throats and mouths or even swelling of the gums.

SYRUP Make syrup from the juice extracted from the common plantain leaves and ingest it to treat coughs. It is especially effectual in conditions like sore or inflamed throats.

Use the Seeds to make:

INFUSION To prepare an infusion with the common plantain seeds, add one teaspoonful of the dehydrated seed to a coup of boiling water. Then cool the substance and drink the mucilage as well as the seeds at night to treat constipation effectively.

3 cups (180 g) fresh plantain leaves
1 cup (250 ml) pure liquid honey
1 opaque glass bottle

Crush the leaves in a food processor, drain and squeeze in cheesecloth. Combine 1 cup (250 ml) of the green juice with the honey and simmer for 10 minutes at low heat, stirring regularly. Let cool and pour into the opaque bottle.

Take this nectar 1 teaspoonful at a time like a syrup to treat a cough; also use it to treat a sore throat, anemia, fatigue and eczema: 1 Teaspoon (15 ml), 3 times daily.

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