The healthy use of Plantain tea has been widely acknowledged in the practice of herbal medicine for centuries. The plantain herb has figured prominently in the annals of herbal remedy as an excellent astringent, anti-microbial, anti-toxic, and anti-inflammatory agent. Many cultures regard plantain as a sort of “cure-all” for many ailments.
Plantain is a perennial herb that can be found in Asia, Europe, Africa and America. Plantain is considered to be just a common weed in many parts of the world, but is considered a valuable herb in many others. Plantain leaves are edible and are often used in salads and cooked as greens.
The Plantain plant has a tough rhizome, and has a number of large, broadly oval, dark green, leaves. The leaves are 4 to 10 inches long and possess about 3 to 7 ribbed veins. Plantain has brownish flowers with four stamens and purple-colored anthers. The plantain fruit is a two-celled capsule with seeds.
The following are some of plantain’s constituents: allantion, baicalein, beta carotene, calcium, linoleic acid, oleanolic acid, sorbitol, and tannin and vitamin C.
Plantain tea can be made by steeping 1 tablespoon of dried plantain herbs (roots, seeds and leaves) in 1 cup of boiling water for about 10 minutes. It is recommended to be taken throughout the day.
The beneath are the health benefits attributed to this tea:
- Seems to help in treating of asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and coughs.
- Assists in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery.
- May help in lowering blood pressure.
- Aids in the treatment of hemorrhoids.
- Looks to help in combating problems in the bladder.
- Can help in controlling blood sugar.
- Sometimes used as anti-venom when topically applied.
- Might promote healing of wounds, skin inflammations, scars, cuts and swellings when topically applied.