Plantain, when I first read this I thought of the fruit that resembles the banana. After reading the chapter I soon realized they were describing a weed that we see every day even in the city although it is mainly on the trailside. Native Americans used to call it white man’s foot since it followed the spread of the Europeans across the country when they moved west.
The plant is known throughout Europe, Northern and Central Asia, North America, New Zealand, And Australia. Found in lawns, fields, and disturbed soil (city). They may look just like ordinary weeds but they do have medicinal uses from their active constituents. The active constituent’s glycoside; which have shown to have healing effects on bladder infections and stomach ulcers with anti-inflammatory potential, and ursolic acid which studies show may help the liver. This making plantain a useful first aid herb preventing in hypertension and obesity development and improves cholesterol.
The main use is the leaves for itching and heat from insect bites and stings, the styptic action will also stop the bleeding of minor cuts and wounds. It is very useful for cleansing the blood with specific affinity with kidneys, bladder, liver, and the digestive system. A third method to help is with infected wounds by using as a poultice and digesting at the same time.
The Plantain can even be used in culinary dishes. They may be steamed, dipped in batter and fried, and the young leaves can be eaten raw. Although eating to much may cause a laxative adverse effect.
Peterson, D. (2014). Herb 201: Herbal Studies (p. 47-52). Portland: American College of Healthcare Sciences.
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