Greater plantain, broadleaf plantain, cart track plant
Common to Britain, this herb can be eaten in salads when young.
The chopped leaf.
Leaves are tender when young but as they age they become tough, at which point they can be added to stews.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Internally used for irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, peptic ulcers, cystitis, bronchitis, catarrh, sinusitis, hay fever, asthma. Externally used for cuts, stings, skin inflammations and malignant ulcers.
Key actions: Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic (relieves pain), anti-haemorhagic.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat circulatory issues, skin conditions and infections.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 2 to 3 ml (1:5 in 40% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 6 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Plantaginaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
None known. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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