Plantain is a weed or herb which is found in the temperate climates. There are over 200 species of plantain. You can locate one or more of them even in your lawn. This is a traditional home remedy for many different skin conditions in which are included eczema and sunburns. This herb is rich in antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The plantain leaves give this herb its health benefits. The plantain leaf extract is used as cure for many health conditions, including fever and flu. The plantain is packed with mucilage, aucubin and tannins. The plantain leaf extract is known to have anti – irritant and expectorant properties. There are not recorded side effects from the usage of plantain but you need to talk with your doctor for the recommended dosage because in this way you will get the maximum benefits. Here are some health benefits of plantain:
Aids in quicker healing of wounds
The plantain leaf has allantoin which possesses antibacterial and germicidal properties. Also when it is applied to the wounds topically, then it can help to kill the germs, triggers the synthesis of skin cells and induces quicker healing.
Cures insect bites
The extract of plantain leaf have certain elements which can ease the soreness, inflammation and itching associated with the insect bites and bee stings. Also it soothes down the skin which is promoting faster healing.
Plantain helps in easing dandruff
Plantain is an effective herb for flaky scalp and dandruff. Plantain has antiabacterial and antiseptic properties which can shield your scalp from infections and they will give you a relief from dandruff.
As a hair rinse
This herb can be used as a hair rinse. You can make a string concoction with the leaves of plantain along with a little water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. This is one of the best home remedies for hair rinse.
Cures blood poisoning
This is a very effective home remedy for blood poisoning. You can drink it as a tea or you can use it topically as a poultice.
Safeguards cardiovascular health
There are some studies in which are said that the plantain has the potential to lower triglyceride levels and also it will keep them under the required amounts. Also it is known that plantain can LDL cholesterol, improve the HDL cholesterol and it can maintain the balance between these two types of cholesterol. When these cholesterols are under the control, then the risk of many cardiovascular health issues is reduced.
Remedy for tuberculosis and syphilis
Plantain can be used in the both ways, externally and internally, as a natural treatment for tuberculosis and syphilis.
Plantain beneficial for overweight and obese people
Plantain has diuretic and detoxifying properties. Also it has appetite suppressant properties which can help to curb hunger pangs to a great extent. You should 3 g of plantain with 250 ml water thirty minutes before each meal, restricted to a maximum of 3 times per day and you will notice that your weight will melt away.
Potential anti – cancerous properties
Plantain has anti – inflammatory properties which will enable it to function as an anti – tumors and anti – cancerous agent. It will slow down and repress the growth of cancerous cells and tumors. It is very effective in easing and preventing the spread of the cancer.
Plantain good for digestive system
You should drink a cup of tea made of plantain. Also you can add the plantain leaves to your salads because it will ease the inflammation troubling your stomach. Also it can help to improve the digestive fire and it can combat the constipation problems in a healthy way. Plantain leaf tincture is an effective home remedy for dysentery, dyspepsia, bowel ulcers and gastric ulcers.
Eases tough periods
This is an effective antispasmodic agent which enables it to be used during the painful periods to ease menstrual cramps. You can use the plantain to stall heavy bleeding during periods.
Plantain has styptic properties which enable it to be used in a case of minor bleeding. You should chew the plantain leaf or you can make a paste of the plantain leaf and you should apply it on the bleeding zone.