Plantain Leaf – 50g
- Plantain is very high in vitamins A and C and in calcium and has antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-toxic properties.
- The leaves, shredded or chewed, are a traditional treatment for bee stings & insect bites, the itching of nettle stings & other allergic rashes.
- New young leaves can be used raw in salads and cooked as ‘greens’.
- Older leaves can be used to make a tea/tissane
Latin Name: Plantago major syn. Plantago borysthenica, Plantago dregeana, Plantago latifolia, Plantago sinuata.
Plant Family: Plantaginaceae
Other Names: Common Plantain, Greater Plantain, Broadleaf Plantain, Way Bread, Snake Weed, Ripple Grass, Slanlus. Waybroad, Cuckoo’s Bread, Englishman’s Foot, White Man’s Foot, Che Qian Zi, Weybroed, Wegerich, Piantaggine & Plâtano.
Description: Greater plantain is an herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe, parts of Asia. It grows to a height of 25-30cm; the leaves arise on long stalks from a basal rosette and are dark green in colour with 5-9 noticeable ‘veins’, ovate, broad and 15-30cm diameter. The tiny flowers are green in colour with several purplish stamens and form dense ‘spikes’ sitting at the top of the stem, the spikes are approximately 5-20cm in length.
History: Dioscorides in the 1st century A.D. recommended plantain as an external remedy for all kinds of sores, the Anglo-Saxons held it in high regard; it was one of the nine herbs mentioned in the Nine Herbs Charm. William Salmon’s herbal, 1710, he recommended a liniment be made with the juice of plantain and oil of roses which he believed ‘eases headache caused by heat, and is good for lunatics’, even Shakespeare got in on the act, in a scene from Romeo & Juliet, Romeo says to Benvolio ‘Your plantain leaf is excellent for broken shin’.
Uses: The leaves can be added to teas and tisanes. The dried leaf can be infused and the resulting infusion can be turned into a liniment. The leaves are edible, the young, new leaves can be used raw in salads and cooked as greens. The older leaves which have a stronger taste and can be tough and stringy, are the ones to be used to make tea.
Plantain is very high in vitamins A and C and in calcium and has antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-toxic properties. The leaves, shredded or chewed, are a traditional treatment for bee stings & insect bites, the itching of nettle stings & other allergic rashes, and to promote healing in sores & bruises ; the antibacterial action helps prevent infection and the anti-inflammatory helps to relieve pain, burning, and itching.
Plantain tea can be used as a mouthwash to help heal and prevent sores in the mouth, and as an expectorant. Most recently, plantain is being marketed as a stop smoking aid. There are ongoing investigations to study its affects on lowering blood sugar.
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Allergens: Nuts, gluten, celery, milk/dairy and mustard are handled on the site where this product is processed. Handling procedures are in place to reduce the likelihood of allergens being present, but we cannot guarantee our ingredients are totally free of traces in the product supplied.
- 100% Botanical, naturally sourced agricultural product
- Not heat treated
- Product must be infused in boiling water before consumption.
- A certificate of analysis can be provided for this product if required.
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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.