This article details Plantain Leaf Tincture and Psyllium
Plantain has been used as a panacea in some Native American cultures, and it holds powerful skin-healing properties. There is a very good reason for this, as it has many active constituents that show antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Plantain is known for soothing and cooling mucous membranes, and at the same time, its astringency helps to relieve diarrhea, excess menstrual flow, hemorrhoids and incontinence in children and adults. It is also soothing to the lungs, effectively loosening and expelling phlegm and congestion and treating hoarseness. Plantain leaves are believed to be useful for diabetes, gout, gastric and bowel ulcers, dyspepsia, tuberculosis, jaundice, epilepsy, constipation, varicose veins, and even eye infections.
Plantain contains potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, fiber and magnesium, as well as vitamins A, C and K. It is also rich in numerous phytochemicals, including glycosides, phenols, allantoin, salicylic acid, and tannins. The phytochemicals are antioxidant compounds that are found naturally in plants that may help to prevent free radical induced damage in the body. The International College of Herbal Medicine states that Plantain leaves have anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, analgesic and immune-stimulating properties.
Plantain, a diuretic, increases urine flow, and its antiseptic properties make it effective in easing uterine infections, urinary tract infections, syphilis and bladder infections. It has shown to be beneficial for female disorders with fluent discharges and internal problems symptomatic of the urinary tract, including cystitis and leucorrhoea. Plantain may also slow the growth of staphylococcus infection and tuberculosis bacteria. The increased urine flow also helps in cases of edema and excess water weight.
It also helps to ease indigestion and heartburn and may help in cases of diarrhea and dysentery. It has also been found to be useful in problems of constipation, dropsy, gastric and bowel ulcers, dyspepsia, and jaundice. It astringency also helps to reduce hemorrhoids and incontinence in children and adults. The mucilage in Plantain is said to soothe the stomach and ease indigestion and heartburn, as well as soothe the inflamed tissues of the lower intestinal tract.
Plantago major is believed to be one of the most versatile of herbal medicines, according to Bartram’s. Plantain leaf tincture contains a high amount of mucilage, which soothes and cools mucous membranes. This action is soothing to the lungs and may help to effectively loosen and help to get rid of phlegm and congestion. It is both an astringent, both moistening and drying, Plantain makes a great addition to herbal cough syrups and can be so soothing.
Plantain can help to stop bleeding (including bleeding from mucous membranes) and control excess menstrual flow. It has also been found to be helpful in controlling vaginal and other types of infection.
Plantain Leaf herbal extract contains salicylic acid, the natural property of synthetic aspirin, and it has been effective in relieving pain, including neuralgic pain. An infusion of the herb has been used in the ear for ear infections, as long as the eardrum has not burst, to ease the pain and shorten the duration. When used externally, the astringent actions of Plantain leaves are said to soothe bee stings, bites, poison sumac and poison ivy. And, when used topically, acts to staunch hemorrhage and ease wounds and bleeding cuts by contracting blood vessels. It is also believed to help those who wish to “kick the habit” to stop smoking, by including Plantain tincture in a gargle.
Ingredients: Plantain Leaf, Structured Water, 20% Alcohol.
Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Contraindications: Currently, there are no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Plantain.
As it is high in soluble fiber, psyllium can help lower cholesterol as well as provide from relief from constipation and diarrhea. Because of the high fiber content, psyllium can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Psyllium husk is also used to increase the fiber content of foods. This is especially important as it is a great source of fiber. Psyllium husk can also increase the feeling of fullness and slow down digestion. This can lead to fewer calories consumed and fewer blood sugar spikes after eating.
Using Psyllium in Foods
Psyllium husk and powder can be taken as a supplement, but you can also mix it in with juices and smoothies. You can also add psyllium husk or powder to other foods, including to soups and stews as a natural thickener. Use psyllium husk in baked goods, including granola, or mixed in with cereal to naturally increase the dietary fiber content. Psyllium husk and powder can also be used in place of flour or breadcrumbs in meatloaf and hamburger patties.
How Much Psyllium
To take psyllium husk or powder, consume 1 tsp to 1 tbsp divided doses 2 x day for constipation. For diarrhea,1 tsp two to three times per day is recommended. The serving recommendation aa 1/2 to 2-teaspoon serving of psyllium with 8 ounces of water, mixing well before consuming the fluid. Drink quickly as otherwise it can be difficult to swallow as the mixture will thicken quickly. If you are unused to psyllium, or a diet in high in fiber, start with low doses, roughly 1/2 teaspoon per day, and gradually raising the amount to 2 tablespoons