Benefits of Plantain

Although a native of Europe, plantain grows abundantly over most of the United States. The taste is astringent with no odor.

It is an old remedy for the poisonous bites and stings of insects and snakes. An immediate application of rubbed leaves or the juice would be useful. Apply also to nettle stings and minor wounds.

Both the ROOTS and LEAVES influence the glandular system and the entire mucous membrane, but especially that of the urinary tract and manifests some- useful influence in eczema, scrofula, and strumas. Also in kidney and bladder troubles, aching in the lumbar region, scanty and scalding urine, cystic catarrh, internal and external scrofulous swelling, diarrhea, and as an ointment for irritated piles.

Plantain is also famous as an external application for boils, tumors, and inflammations. A fomentation or a wash of the herb is useful in sprains, erysipelas, ophthalmia, and other surface irritations.

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For frog or thrush in children, the following is recommended: 1 oz. plantain seeds boiled in 1/2 pts. water down to 1 pt. Strain and sweeten with honey. Take in T. doses 3 or 4 times daily.

Plantain has been used successfully in blood poisoning as an external application.

Plantain leaves in peach seed oil or petroleum jelly stops formation of impetigo and relieves skin inflammation.

Plantain roots, stems, leaves, and seeds, may be used in infusion, decoction, or syrup. The infusion of 1 oz. to 1 pt. boiling water is taken in wine-glassful doses.

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