The plantain approved by Commission E is often regarded as a mere weed. Introduced to North America from Europe, it has broad, ribbed leaves and draws its name from the Latin word plantago, which means "foot," because its leaves are shaped somewhat like a human foot. (This plant isn't the plantain palm that produces the banana-like fruit popular in Latin cuisine; that's Musa paradisiaca.)
Potential Health Benefits
Plantain herb can be used to help support inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, support infections of the mouth, and loosen mucous in persons with coughs or colds. The fresh or dried above-ground parts of the plant can be used to support health; they're harvested at flowering time.
Commission E offers little hard data on plantain, which seems to be little-known among other herbal researchers. Based on years of use in German scientific research companies (as differentiated from controlled clinical studies), the commission ascribes disinfectant qualities to the plant, and astringent action.
How to Use the Herb
Plantain herb is used both internally and externally in dried form. Internally, the average daily dosage is 3-6 grams of the dried herb. Externally, it can be mixed with water and swabbed on inflamed skin.
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