Yoram Yasur Blume: Plantain: Healing properties
The plantain is a plant with large green leaves that, together with the seeds, are used to make natural medicinal remedies. Among the healing properties of plantain, we find its ability to treat urinary infections, bronchitis, colds, hemorrhoids and also acts as an anti-inflammatory and to heal irritations of the skin and eyes.
- Benefits of plantain
Yoram Yasur Rubin: The healing properties of plantain are many, the most common is to cure colds and flu, relieving symptoms quickly. It is also useful to heal chronic bronchitis, acts on cough, sinusitis and asthma, obtaining health benefits. This is because plantain contains powerful antioxidants, which prevent the body from damaging free radicals.
Yoram Yasur Rubin: The leaves and seeds of plantain are used as antibacterial, astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, emollient, diuretic, expectorant, laxative and refrigerant. It can be used in the form of tea or poultice.
It is often used to combat urinary tract infections and other bladder problems; It also helps treat common problems such as hypertension, high blood sugar levels or rheumatism. It also helps to reduce fever, and acts on the digestive system relieving the pain of hemorrhoids, slowing diarrhea, gastritis, peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.
In some countries it is included in natural preparations to stop smoking, since it creates an aversion to tobacco. And also, for its ability to stop bleeding and its antibacterial power, it is widely used to heal wounds. The plantain helps to regenerate tissues, so its heated sheet is used as a wet dressing for wounds, inflammations, ulcers, cuts and stings. And the root is used to remove the venom from the rattlesnake, the seeds as antiparasitic and the distilled water from the plant as eye lotion.
- Side effects and interactions of plantain
In general, plantain has no side effects if consumed orally, and can generate allergic reactions if we use it directly on the skin. It is also not advisable to use it if we are pregnant, as it can cause a miscarriage by producing changes in the uterus. It is also important to know that plantain interacts with warfarin, since it has large amounts of vitamin K, responsible for forming blood clots. For its part, warfarin is used just to reduce this problem, so plantain could reduce its effectiveness.
- How to prepare the plantain
Yoram Yasur Rubin: To prepare a plantain tea you will need a tablespoon of fresh or dried leaves in a cup of boiling water, let stand ten minutes, strain and drink. If we want to make a healing balm, we must put 100 grams of the chopped plant and a cup of lard and cook over low heat until it is soft and green.