Plantain is a weed that most people don't even realize is extremely important for so many things...
Perennial herb, origin thought to be Eurasia and now naturalized throughout the world. Plantain is considered a common and noxious weed by some and a miracle plant by others. Native Americans carried the powdered roots as protection against snakebites or to ward off snakes. Called Englishman's Foot or White Man's Foot as it was said to grow where ever their feet touched the ground, this is referred to in Longfellow’s 'Hiawatha.'.
How Do I Use It?
This herb has anti-inflammatory effects, and it is also rich in tannin (which helps draw tissues together to stop bleeding) and allantoin (a compound that promotes healing of injured skin cells). Further studies have indicated that plantain may also reduce blood pressure, and that the seeds of the plant may reduce blood cholesterol levels. Plantain seeds were also widely used as a natural laxative, given their high source of fiber. Teas made from the plant, have been used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, intestinal worms, and bleeding mucous membranes.
Because of it being a "weed" it is very easy to grow! We chop off the leaves and then dry them, and use them in teas and salves.
Our Experience With It
Few Properties of Plantain
Anodyne – Helps to relieve or sooth pain
Astringent - The tannins give astringent properties are tightening and soothing
Depurative - Helps cleanse waste products from our bodies
Diuretic - Stimulates the body to let go of fluid
Styptic – Helps stop the flow of bleeding
Vulnerary - help bring about healing in wounds and inflammation
List found on http://www.anniesremedy.com
NMM Products With Plantain
Intestinal Soother & Enhancer - This herbal mix does wonders to AID your body while digestion is happening, heal your gut, rejuvinates cells, soothes pain, and is an excellent overall digestive aid and intestinal tonic!
Super Salve - Anytime someone says "ouch!" this salve can be used!
Diabetes Hand & Finger Repair Salve - Those with diabetes know how painful your fingers and hands can get from the constant "poking". We have made this salve specifically for you! Yes, it is safe for children.
Burn Balm - This balm aids in healing and soothing all types of burns. Sunburns, minor burns, and if needed more major burns.
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