Plantain (leaf) Tea

Plantain is a soothing, healing anti-inflammatory herb traditionally used for upper and lower respiratory infections, wound healing and certain gastrointestinal and bladder disorders.

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.

Herb Info / Uses


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Botanical Name: Plantago lanceolata

Plant Family: Plantaginaceae

Plant description: Plantain in a perennial and grows in a rosette with erect leaves. The leaves are lanceolate with distinct longitudinal veins. The flowers are in a cylindrical spike on top of a long stalk which is taller than the leaves. The flower stalk has longitudinal furrows. This Narrow-leaf Plantain can be distinguished from other Plantains by its short fat flower heads and the longitudinal furrows running up the flower stalk.

Part used: Leaf.

Harvest: The plant should be harvested as it is coming into flower.

Active Constituents: Mucilage, glycosides (including aucubinand catalpol), tannins, zinc.

Energetics: Astringent, bitter, cooling.

Actions: Expectorant, demulcent, astringent, diuretic, emollient, vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, anticatarrhal, styptic.

Uses: Plantain was traditionally used in the respiratory system for rhinitis, hayfever, sinusitis, chronic catarrh, catarrhal deafness, pharyngitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, and for soothing irritating coughs. It's astringent soothing properties also traditionally thought to help in the urinary and gastrointestinal tract, for example with cystitis, diarrhoea, leaky gut syndrome, gastritis and peptic ulceration. It has historically been used topically on wounds, ulcers and for haemorrhoids.

Dosage: Infusion – pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of dried herb and drink after five minutes. Drink up to one cup three times per day. Fluid extract (1:2) – 20—40/week.

Cautions: None known.

Interactions: None known.

 

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia