- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Plantain: the power to heal beautifully
Family: Plantaginaceae, species: Plantago major
Plantain is a very common plant, and therefore, is readily available, especially during the summer months. In order to avoid confusion, I have included pictures that gives one an idea that there are two plants that we are calling "Plantain." One is labeled "Plantago Lanceolata," and the other plant is labeled "Plantago Ovata." Both of these plants are in the family and species as listed above. I made the two pictures available to you, showing what both plants look like. I am sorry for the poor quality of the one picture (that includes type, or wording that cannot be read). However, the picture gives you an idea of what the plants look like. The pictures that I took of both plants, at Mamushi Nature Farm, are a bit more sharper.
Allow me to highlight a few of the points that are given in the one picture (which includes some facts) and writing that cannot be read. "A leaf poultice, made from Plantain, is used to speed wound healing. The leaves treat urinary tract infections, burns, bee stings, hemorrhoids, and conjunctivitis. They are mucilaginous and expectorant. Plantain is a Latin American folk remedy for cancer. In China, it is made into detoxifying tea for treating tubercular ulcers and diarrhea. The seeds are high in fiber; their mucilage may lower cholesterol and is used in cosmetics. The seed husks of Plantago psyllium and P. ovate absorb 25 times their weight in water, forming a soothing gel. They are found in bulking laxatives and weight-loss products."
Okay, there you have it. The basic thinking about the use of Plantain and the healing properties that most herbalists believe are at work when Plantain is applied in a healing setting.
I work with wild plants so closely that domestication occurs as the plants live and grow in the settings of my gardens. However, I have no problem with using the plants as they grow wild in Nature, so long as no chemicals are applied to plants or the soil.
Even though Plantain is one of my favorite herbs, growing in Nature without the need of human intervention, I enjoy growing this plant domestically. It is a very important plant at Mamushi Nature Farm where humans and other animal find an abundance of this valuable plant safely available.
If at all possible, be sure to harvest any Plantain that you plan to use for any purpose from a location 25 feet away from busy roadways and other sources of toxic chemicals. The purity of your source of Plantain is important if you value the USDA Organic growing standards.
You will find many, readily available sources of literature written on Plantain on the internet. My very short discourse has been written to inspire you to read further, not only to learn about Plantain, but to become knowledgeable about other herbs and herbal remedies that have been used for generations all around the world.
If, for any reason you want a supply of Plantain and do not feel that you can trust the sources that are available to you, then we here at Mamushi Nature Farm will share our plants with you. Have a wonderful day.