Like the dandelion or the nettle, the plantain is a plant that gardeners and gardeners mistakenly dislike. Still too often associated with a “weed”, it is nevertheless full of virtues† Plus, after reading it, it can even become your best beauty and health ally.
Plantain, what is it?
Plantain is said in Latin plantago, that is, “plant that acts”. And if it is called that, it is because its medicinal properties are numerous. There are about 200 different species scattered around the world and they grow everywhere in nature, even in our gardens (to the delight of green fingers). Moreover, contrary to popular belief, its presence is positive because it indicates a balanced soil and good microbial activity in the presence of oxygen.
The species of interest to us today is the ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata), which measures between 15 and 50 cm and has elongated, flat five-ribbed leaves. And the good news is that it is just as effective for external use as it is for internal use.
What are the benefits of plantain?
A natural anti-inflammatory
Do you suffer from acne, eczema or insect bites? Good news, plantain is effective at lightening, healing and healing your skin. This plant is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and antiseptic properties. In case of skin irritation or itching, pick your leaves, knead them between your fingers to release the juice. All that remains is to place the sheet on the infected area and let it soak for a few minutes.
A solution for digestive problems
Do you have digestive problems? Do you feel bloated, have heartburn after every meal, or have diarrhea? When taken internally, plantain acts as a lubricant in the digestive tract facilitating digestion, relieving constipation, and the release of liquid stool. To take advantage of its virtues, infuse a few leaves in a liter of boiling water and drink it throughout the day.
A remedy for sore throat
Plantain is a natural remedy for sore throats. Do you have a cold, sore throat or seasonal allergies that make you cough and scratch your throat? Don’t hesitate to drink a plantain tea or homemade plantain syrup to relieve your airways. To prepare it, dry previously washed leaves, then crush them to extract the juice and mix it with organic and local honey. It remains only to boil for 20 minutes on low heat and store the syrup in the refrigerator.
Be careful, plantain is not recommended for pregnant women (it can have a stimulating effect on the uterus), as well as for children under three years old. In addition, while these remedies are natural, it is important to keep in mind that nothing replaces a doctor’s advice. So do not hesitate to consult a health professional if necessary.
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