What is Plantain?
Plantain can refer to a number of herbal plants of the genus Plantago. Member species are found all over the world and have been used for centuries as medicinal plants for a number of ailments including allergies.
Properties of Plantain
Antibacterial, astringent, reduces irritation, detoxification, expectorant, analgesic, anti- inflammatory, healing, purifying, decongestant, digestive, diuretic, tonic, sedative, and laxative.
Plantain's Medicinal Uses
Plantain can be used as a topically to soothe skin conditions such as skin infections, insect bites, acne, boils, wounds, irritation, allergies, and more.
It can also be made into a tea to treat the body internally, including the mucous membranes of the digestive and respiratory system. This treats diarrhea, inflammation of mucous membranes, rhinitis, sinusitis, cold, flu, heartburn, phlegm, dysentery, gastritis, gingivitis, constipation, gastric ulcers, and urinary tract infections, among others.
How to Prepare the Plantain
Side Effects of Plantain
Plantain may cause drowsiness, and due to its diuretic effects, dehydration.
Contraindications of Plantain
Do not use this plant if you are pregnant or plan on being pregnant as it can affect the lining of the uterus. If you are taking anti clotting drugs, plantain may interfere with their function. People with impaired heart function should also not take plantain.