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PLANTAIN

(Plantago Major)


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  • Plantain Herbal Description
  • Plantain Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
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  • Plantain Safety, Cautions & Interactions
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    PLANTAIN HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    Plantain is also known as Plantago major (and minor), Broadleaf Plantain, Greater Plantain, White Man's Footprint, White Man's Foot, Common Plantain, Patrick's Dock, Ripple Grass, Snakeweed, Waybread, Englishman's Foot.

    Plantains are green, weedy plants that grow practically anywhere in the world where there is sufficient water. It is not the same as the banana-like vegetable with the same name. Plantago major is a species of Plantago, family Plantaginaceae. The plant is native to most of Europe and northern and centeral Asia, but has widely naturalized elsewhere in the world with particular prominence in the United States.

    Plantain Plant (Plantago major)


    Plantago major is an herbaceous perennial plant with a rosette of leaves 15 to 30 cm in diameter. Each leaf is oval-shaped, 5 to 20 cm long and 4 to 9 cm broad, rarely up to 30 cm long and 17 cm broad, with an acute apex and a smooth margin, there are five to nine conspicuous veins. The flowers are small, greenish-brown with purple stamens, produced in a dense spike 5 to 15 cm long on top of a stem 13 to 15 cm tall (rarely to 70 cm tall).

    Plantain is wind-pollenated, and propagates primarily by seeds, which are held on the long, narrow spikes which rise well above the foliage. Each plant can produce up to 20,000 seeds, which are very small and oval-shaped, with a bitter taste. The seeds of Plantain are a common contaminant in cereal grain and other crop seeds. As a result, it now has a worldwide distribution as a naturalized species.

    Plantago major grows in lawns and fields, along roadsides, and in other areas that have been disturbed by humans. Plantago does particularly well in compacted or disturbed soils. It is believed to be one of the first plants to reach North America after European colonizaton. Reported brought to the Americas by Puritan colonizers, plantain was known among Native American populations by the common name White Man's Foot due to its tendency to spring up and thrive in the disturbed and damaged ecosystems surrounding European settlements. Despite its usefulness, plantain is considered a noxious weed in some regions outside of its native range. The ability of Plantain to survive frequent tramping and colonize compacted soils makes it important for soil rehabilitation. Its roots break up hardpan surfaces, while simultaneously holding together the soil to prevent erosion.





    Broad Leaf Plantain plants (Plantago major)


    PLANTAIN USES, HEALTH BENEFITS, & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    EDIBILITY - FOOD USES

    Broadleaf plantain is a highly nutritious wild edible, that is high in calcium and vitamins A, C, and K. The young, tender leaves can be eaten raw, and the older, stringier leaves can be boiled in stews and eaten. The leaves of plantain are quite edible, and are often cooked as greens or used raw in salads as salad greens when young and tender. The leaves quickly become tough and fibrous as they get older. Older leaves have a stronger flavor and may be considered objectionable. These older, stringy leaves may still be used in herbal teas and can be cooked in stews. The seeds are so small that they are tedious to gather, but they can be ground into a flour substitute or extender.

    Plantain leaves are very high in vitamins A and C and is also a rich source of calcium and minerals, with 100 grams of Plantain containing approximately the same amount of Vitamin A as a large carrot. .

    Plantain Plant (Plantago major)


    MEDICINAL USES

    Plantain is found all over the world and is used primarily as a medicine. It is one of the most abundant and accessible medicinal herbs. The seeds of Plantain have a mild laxative effect on the system. Plantain has been used by many cultures the world over, and the Saxons considered it one of their nine sacred herbs. It was considered an early Christian symbol and many cultures today refer to it as an aphrodisiac.

    Plantago major is one of the widely distributed medicinal crops in the world. It contains many bioactive compounds including allantoin, aucubin, ursolic acid, flavonoids, and asperuloside. Scientific studies have shown that Plantain extract has a wide range of biological effects including wound healing activity, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, weak antibiotic, immun modulating and antiulcerogenic activity.

    For millennia, a poultice of the Plantain leaves have been applied to wounds, stings, and sores in order to promote and facilitate healing and prevent infection. The active chemical constituents are aucubin (an anti-microbial agent), allantoin (which stimulates cellular growth and tissue regeneration), and a large amount of soothing mucilage (which reduces pain and discomfort), as well as flavonoids, caffeic acid derivatives, and alcohols in the wax on the leaf surface. The root of plantain was traditionally used to treat wounds, as well as to treat fever and respiratory infections.

    Plantain has astringent properties, and a tea made from the leaves can be ingested to treat diarrhea or dysentery and soothe raw internal membranes. Due to the high vitamin and mineral content plantain tea simultaneously replenishes the nutrients lost as a result of diarrhea. Adding fresh plantain seeds or flower heads to a tea will act as an effective lubricating and bulking laxative and soothe raw, sore throats. When ingested, the aucubin in Plantain leaves leads to increased uric acid excretion from the kidneys, and may be useful in treating gout.

    Medicinally, plantain leaf is approved by the German Commission E for respiratory catarrhs and mild inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa. It is traditionally used for upper respiratory support, and is topically used for minor cuts, bruises, and stings. Plantain is used to treat chronic bronchitis, coughs, peptic ulcer, and urinary tract and bladder infections. It has also been used to help soothe hemorrhoids. The leaves are used externally to treat wounds, burns, dermatitis, and insect bites.

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    OTHER PLANTAIN USES

    The sinews (fibers) from the mature plant are very pliable and tough, and can be used in survival situations to make small cords, rope, fishing line, sutures, or braiding.

    Some cultivars are planted as ornamentals in gardens, including 'Rubrifolia' with purple leaves, and 'Variegata' with variegated leaves





    plantain flower spikes


    PLANTAIN DOSAGE INFORMATION

    SUPPLEMENT FORMS

    Plantain constituents include allantion, apigenin, aucubin, baicalein, linoleic acid, oleanolic acid, sorbitol, and tannin, beta carotene, vitamin C, calcium Parts used are the whole leaf and some stem is acceptable. Typical preparations include eaten raw and fresh in salads, as a tea, in tincute form and as an external compress or poultice.

    Plantain herbal infused oil can be used to make salves, lotions and ointments or as a massage oil for sore muscles and skin problems.

    To take as a tea, the German Commission E recommends using 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (1 to 3 grams) of the leaf and drinking 3 cups (750 ml) daily.

    To treat a cough, take 1/2 teaspoon (2 to 3 ml) of a syrup or tincture 3 times a day, or 1/2 to 1 1/4 teaspoon (2 to 6 grams) of the fresh plant can be juiced and taken in three equal portions taken throughout the day. To use externally, the fresh leaves can be applied directly 3 or 4 times per day to the affected area.





    PLANTAIN SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS

    SAFETY CONCERNS

    Plantain does not have any known side effects or interactions and is thought to be safe for children. No precautions are known.

    There is no information available about internal use by pregnant or nursing women, though using Plantain as a topical appears to be safe.

    There have been a few reported cases in Switzerland and the United States of dangerous side effects with adulterated Plantain with digitalis, and even though it is a remote possibility, it is important to purchase herbs from companies that carefully test their products for adulteration or wild harvest your own plants.





    PLANTAIN HERBAL OIL PRODUCTS

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    PLANTAIN HERBAL OIL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Plantain Herbal Oil, Certified Organic Herbal Oil Products
    Plantain Herbal Oil is solar infused in a window on site using certified organic Plantain leaves (Plantago major), organic Olive oil and a pinch of Vitamin E oil. Plantain oil is a soothing skin lubricant with many beneficial properties for the outer skin tissue. This oil makes a great general treatment for damaged skin, and can help to speed the recovery process.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Plantain Leaf (Plantago Major), Certified Organic, Bulk Herbs & Spices
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    Mountain Rose Herbs: Plantain Extract (Plantago Spp), Certified Organic Single Herbal Extracts & Tinctures
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Plantain Garden Seeds (Plantago Major), Organic, 100 Seeds Per Packet
    Herbaceous perennial. Press into surface of soil and keep moist. Prefers cool soils for germ. Plants prefer sun or shade with moist soil; feeding water and compost will help the plaint to attain impressive size. Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Particularly useful as a first-aid poultice and for dental infections.


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  • PLANTAIN HERBAL PRODUCTS

    Medicinally, plantain leaf is approved by the German Commission E for respiratory catarrhs and mild inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa. It is traditionally used for upper respiratory support, and is topically used for minor cuts, bruises, and stings. The leaves of plantain are quite edible, and are often cooked as greens or used raw in salads. Older leaves have a stronger flavor and may be considered objectionable. These older, stringy leaves may still be used in herbal teas, and are particularly suitable for survival situations where the tough fibers may be converted to rope or fishing line. Plantain is very high in vitamins A and C and is also a rich source of calcium.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Plantain Leaf (Plantago Major), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
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    Mountain Rose Herbs: Plantain Herbal Oil, Certified Organic
    Made from organic Plantain leaves (Plantago Major) infused in organic Olive oil and with Vitamin E oil as a preservative. A soothing skin lubricant with beneficial properties for the outer skin tissue. This oil makes a great general treatment for damaged skin, and helps speed the recovery process. Available in 2 oz. or 4 oz. sizes.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Plantain Seeds (Plantago Major), Certified Organic, Medicinal Herb Seeds
    Herbaceous perennial. Press into surface of soil and keep moist. Prefers cool soils for germ. Plants prefer sun or shade, a moist soil, are not particular about fertility, but given water and compost will attain very impressive size. Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Particularly useful as a first-aid poultice and for dental infections. 100 seeds per packet.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Baby's Balm Salve With Plantain Leaf, Herbal Salves & Balms
    This is a wonderful product to have around the home. A soothing and gentle balm for dry and sensitive skin, and oh-so helpful during the onset of diaper rashes and chapped skin. An all around soothing salve for moments of discomfort and skin irritation, great for adults too! Contains organic Calendula flowers, organic Plantain leaf, Chickweed, St. John's Wort flowers, Myrrh gum, and organic Goldenseal root in a base of organic Olive oil and Beeswax. Choose from 2 sizes.


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    Starwest Botanicals: Plantain Leaf, Cut & Sifted, Organic, 1 lb.
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    HerbsPro: Plantain Ointment, Stings & Bites, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 2 oz. (39694)
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