Plantain - Plantao lanceolata and Major

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This Plantain (Plantago spp.) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Plantain - Plantago spp. (in the Plantaginaceae or Plantain family)

Part used: Leaf.

Taste/smell: Nutritious, mucilaginous, slightly bitter, salty.

Tendencies: Cooling and drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 tablespoon per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh strength liquid extract: 15-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Antiseptic, (b) Antibacterial with in vitro activity against Staph aureus, (c) Astringent, (d) Diuretic, (e) Anti-inflammatory, (f) Vulnerary.

The mucilaginous, fresh leaf is used topically for wounds, insect bites, stings and in cough syrups.

This is one of my favorite first aid remedies. The fresh leaves can be masticated and used as a poultice on wounds or to draw out splinters.

Internally it can be used as a demulcent for digestive irritation, urinary tract infections and respiratory tract infections.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time

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