Used internally and externally for inflammation, hemorrhoids, coughs, asthma and more.
Plantain's primary medicinal value is its astringent quality. The fresh, crushed leaf will help reduce inflammation in insect bites or stings. Fresh bruised leaves can also be laid inside a baby's diaper for mild diaper rashes. A dried tea of plantain can be used for mild diarrhea, and the dried plant can be used in salves for hemorrhoids.
The whole plant, leaves and root, are demulcent and expectorant, and a tea of the dried plant can be helpful in coughs and chronic lung conditions, such as asthma or bronchitis, where it will soothe irritated membranes and promote expectoration of mucus. The dried seeds can be used as a bulk laxative.
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Sarah (Teacher) - August 10, 2007, 12:57
For insect bites, would it be best to use Plantain tea leaves, or Plantain cream?
farmer - August 10, 2007, 13:20
A most crackin' herb! Here in Scotland, we use plantain salve for bleeding piles. If you've ever had piles, you know it can be a wee painful. Hell hath no fury like a good dose of piles. A nicely made salve of plantain will give you enough relief so that you will forget the pain and get on with herding your sheep, having a few tinnies, or whatever else you need to do today.
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