Plantain

Also indexed as:Plantago lanceolata, Plantago major
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Botanical names:
Plantago lanceolata, Plantago major

Parts Used & Where Grown

These green, weedy plants are native to Europe and Asia, but now grow practically anywhere in the world where there is sufficient water. Plantain should not be confused with the banana-like vegetable of the same name. The leaves of plantain are primarily used as medicine. The seeds of plantain can also be used medicinally, having mild laxative effects similar to the seeds of psyllium, a close relative of plantain.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Bronchitis
3 cups tea daily made from 1/4 to 1/2 tsp dried herb per cup2 stars[2 stars]
Plantain is a soothing herb that has been shown to help people with chronic bronchitis.
Burns
Refer to label instructions as Plantain Topical1 star[1 star]
Plantain is usually applied directly to the burn to soothe pain and help repair damaged tissue.
Cough
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Plantain has a long history of use for relieving coughs.
Dermatitis
Refer to label instructions as Plantain Topical1 star[1 star]
Plantain has long been considered by herbalists to be a useful remedy for cough, wounds, inflamed skin or dermatitis, and insect bites.
Insect Bites and Stings
Refer to label instructions as Plantain Topical1 star[1 star]
Plantain has long been considered by herbalists to be a useful remedy for insect bites. Plantain is approved by the German Commission E as topical use for skin inflammations.
Peptic Ulcer
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Because of plantain’s anti-inflammatory and healing effects, it may be beneficial in some people with peptic ulcer.
Urinary Tract Infection
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Plantain has anti-inflammatory effects an may be beneficial in some people with UTIs.
Wound Healing
Refer to label instructions as Plantain Topical1 star[1 star]
Topically applied plantain can be used to speed wound healing.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Plantain has long been considered by herbalists to be a useful remedy for cough, wounds, inflamed skin or dermatitis, and insect bites.1 Bruised or crushed leaves have been applied topically to treat insect bites and stings, eczema, and small wounds or cuts. It was considered by herbalists to be a gentle, soothing expectorant, and additionally to have a mild astringent effect said to help remedy hemorrhoids or bladder infections with mild amounts of blood in the urine.2

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