The medicinal properties of plantain have been known for a long time, and the leaves of plantain (woodworm) have been successfully used in the treatment of diseases by both ordinary healers and herbalists, and well-known healers. The famous healer of that time, Abu Ali ibn Sina – Avicenna, a great scientist, philosopher and physician revered at the courts of sultans and emirs, knew the true value of plantain leaves and widely used the healing properties of plantain in the treatment of various diseases.
The plantain is large, in some regions of Russia it is also called “woodworm” – at first glance, it is an ordinary wild plant growing almost everywhere and still giving preference to highways and roads. Although it can be found in fields, light forest edges, paths, lake and river coasts, and even on swampy soils, the plantain feels free and spacious.
Also, plantain perfectly coexists with other plants on cultivated land plots and is destroyed from developed beds as an ordinary weed. Slightly oval leaves with a long, on a thin twig, spike-shaped peduncle: who would have thought that this nondescript herb is a real storehouse of biochemical compounds, vitamins, micro- and macroelements that give plantain tremendous power to treat various diseases?
There are contraindications, a specialist consultation is required
Plantain: medicinal properties
Someone will call plantain an annoying weed: after all, those who have a personal plot know how this plant interferes in cultivated beds. But still, it is plantain that is almost the most effective herb for ridding a person of many ailments. In fact, the benefits of plantain are enormous.
Traditional medicine has identified this miracle plant of particular importance in the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. And folk medicine gives him its recognition and application in the treatment of various kinds of diseases. The pharmaceutical industry widely uses plantain raw materials for the manufacture of medicines in the form of ointments, tinctures, tablets, herbal preparations. Traditional medicine uses psyllium extensively in the treatment of many serious diseases because it is effective in healing effects such as:
- restores intestinal microflora,
- normalizes the digestion process,
- helps in getting rid of stomach dysfunction, restoring its functionality,
- relieves pain, inflammation and cramps in the stomach area,
- effectively eliminates gastritis, stomach ulcers.
But not only these abilities are fraught with this miraculous wild plant. So what gives the plantain such limitless healing power? Vitamins A, B4, K, a large amount of vitamin C, glycosides, bitterness, tannins, boron, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, selenium, phosphorus, zinc and much more have endowed the plantain with such properties as:
- fights throat diseases, removing and eliminating inflammatory processes;
- restores damaged skin, helping to heal cuts, wounds, ulcers;
- gently lowers blood pressure;
- possesses antiallergic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties, therefore it is effective in the treatment of diseases of the upper respiratory tract: it removes phlegm and inhibits the cough reflex in ARVI, ARI, colds;
- relieves inflammation and pain from insect bites;
- relieves inflammation of the genitals and bladder;
- helps to lower blood cholesterol;
- strengthens sleep, which contributes to the overall calmness of the body, helps relieve physical fatigue and tension;
- improves the functioning of the reproductive system;
- enhances the process of blood clotting, is effective in uterine bleeding;
- eliminates constipation, normalizing the process of defecation;
- effectively helps in the treatment of many urological diseases.
In cosmetology, plantain also has a very significant place, it is used in the manufacture of face and body creams, and a cooked and cooled decoction from its leaves tightens, tones and cleanses the skin of the face from acne and acne.
Rinsing hair with a decoction after shampooing, plantain makes it strong and beautiful, gives hair a healthy shine, strengthens the hair follicle, thereby preventing baldness, eliminates dandruff.
Since plantain is quite common and ubiquitous, you can prepare it yourself. But with personal harvesting, it is advisable to know that the root system of the plantain is superficial, and it is easy to damage it, which, in turn, can lead to the extinction of this wonderful herb. Despite the fact that in nature, plantain can be seen quite often, it is quite picky about the composition of the soil and it is very difficult to take root.
Therefore, with personal procurement of raw materials, only large, mature leaves should be plucked, without damaging the central rosette and the peduncle with seeds, for they are the source of plantain propagation. Do not store too much herbal raw materials for future use, since the duration of the dried herb is limited – usually no more than two years.
Of course, not everyone has the opportunity to prepare their own medicinal herbs for a home first aid kit. But in medical retail chains, plantain herb is available for sale in the public domain and is quite affordable at a price. And if there are no concomitant contraindications and, of course, with a qualified consultation of the attending specialist doctor, with his permission for use, this wonderful herb simply needs to be kept in the home medicine cabinet.
This is just a small list of the medicinal properties of such a unique plant as plantain. The most complete information can be found in specialized literature, as well as in official information sources.
Plantain: properties and contraindications
It is undeniable that plantain is to some extent a very useful and necessary plant for the health of the human body. But since its biochemical components are extensive and present in large quantities, it should be taken with caution and in consultation with the attending specialist doctor. Reception of plantain is contraindicated in the following severe diseases:
- allergic manifestations,
- diseases of the gastrointestinal tract during an exacerbation,
- individual intolerance,
- increased acidity in the stomach,
- increased blood clotting,
- thrombus formation,
- ulcers of the stomach and duodenum.
For pregnant women, breastfeeding, the use of the herb is possible only with the permission of the attending specialist doctor, gynecologist, pediatrician.
Plantain: collecting herbs with plantain
Of course, the most important thing is complete and accurate knowledge of your personal health conditions. It is only on the basis of this important information that a decision should be made to use or not to use psyllium to eliminate specific problems and diseases.
With the correct selection of medicinal herbs and the general coinciding healing properties that this wonderful plant possesses, it is possible to prepare healing decoctions that will enhance and accelerate the healing effects of herbal preparations.
Plantain, licorice root, coltsfoot
The combination of these three plants has a general strengthening, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effect, helps with diseases of the upper respiratory tract, removes phlegm, etc.
This collection will improve the work of the gastrointestinal tract, normalize the digestion process, have wound healing, eliminating skin diseases, etc.
The herbal collection of these amazing herbs is aimed at lowering blood pressure, hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing effects, normalizing the work of the gastrointestinal tract, etc.
Plantain decoction: how to brew properly
There are generally accepted norms for preparing a medicinal plantain decoction.
1 tablespoon of finely chopped plantain leaves are poured into a heat-resistant container, 200 milliliters of freshly boiled water is poured, covered with a lid, covered tightly with a towel and infused for 15-20 minutes.
Take the broth inside, warm, 1 tablespoon, 4 times a day, 15-20 minutes before meals.
Recall that, like most plants, plantain has a number of prohibitions for use, which were mentioned above. It is recommended to use plantain for individual purposes only if there are no personal contraindications and with the permission of a specialist doctor.
We draw your attention to the fact that it is advisable to eliminate any problematic at three levels: physical, energetic and spiritual. The recipes contained in the article are not a guarantee of recovery. The information provided should be considered as capable of helping, based on the experience of traditional and modern medicine, the multifaceted action of herbal remedies, but not as a guarantee.