Plantain Leaf Dried Herb
Thankfully plantain is a very gentle plant and every one can have this as a tea, just because you enjoy it. However, our supply is always limited as we wild-harvest and dry and cut our plantain leaves, seeds and stems from our forest walks. Each pouch contains 2 ounces of dried herbs (equivalent of 12 teaspoons or 12 cups of tea). When our farm expands, we'll start growing our plantain patches again. They are always so cool to walk through. We just have to keep the bunnies out of them.
Ancestral uses for this plant cover many different topics, but the one I remember the most is how great it is at removing snake venom from the body. It's also widely used for running nose (from allergies), irritable bowel, irritable bladder, acute stomach conditions, rashes, wounds, stings, hemorrhoids, headache, and sprinters. It's rich in minerals and vitamins C, K, and helps stop bleeding.
If you harvest your own the plantain leaf, remember to talk to it. Ask it for permission (it's just the polite thing to do), and thank it for it's gift of life (by leaving a small pinch of tobacco or even just a strand of your hair). This is a matter of respect. Then, notice the long strong fibers that attach it to the base. You must break these thick fibers to break the leaf off from the base. I often share how plants give us messages, you just need to know what to look for. In this case, the message of the plant can be seen in the strength of the fibers. Consider it's cellular pattern that creates these strong fibers. This pattern acts as a highway to draw things out of the body.
This plant is known to be soothing, restorative, healing, and astringent. Our ancestors have successfully used this to pull the venom out from rattlesnakes bites. I put plantain poultices on my 10 lb dog, Coconut, for a copperhead snake bite in the summer of 2019. She quickly recovered, with no problems. However, plant medicine is my specialty. If you have snake bite, it's best you go to the doctor.
Another time I was in the woods and accidentally fell into a patch of stinging nettles near the riverbank. Fortunately, plantain was growing nearby and I covered my legs in the leaves to pull the stinging nettles out of my skin. I was so fortunate to get such fast relief!
The strangest thing I ever saw with plantain was when this old mountain man told me how he would soak 2 large leaves in apple cider vinegar and let it dry over night. In the morning, he would put those under his feet to reduce his leg pains through the day.
PREPARING AND USING PLANTAIN:
- DAILY HERBAL TEA: one tsp per cup of hot water (not boiling water), this is perfect for people dealing with long term issues and the taste is pleasant.
- MOUTHWASH: Sore and bleeding gums will get relief from a herbal tea used to gargle or rinse out your mouth.
- COOLING EFFECT: known to draw the heat out of naturally hot people or those with fevers. If you are in menopause, you should also try the Red Clover herbs and Alywillow's Seawillow products.
- RECTUM CLEANING: make a herbal tea and inject 1-4 ounces with a plastic syringe into the rectum daily or weekly. It's a great way to assist in a bowel movement, to clean after the movement, and to reduce hemorrhoids.
- BOILING the stems and seeds: Boil the stems and green seeds in milk and drink as a tea to relieve diarrhea, inflammation of the intestines, kidney and bladder troubles, pain of ulcers, and excessive menstrual flow.
- HEMORRHOIDS: It you turn your plantain into a cream (grinding it and mixing it with coconut oil is a good option) it can be soothing for bleeding or painful hemorrhoids. Alywillow customers also get relief of hemorrhoids using our Warrior formula which is also great at helping reducing infections in this sensitive area.
- PAIN RELIEF: It is known that Plantain leaves can be soothing for nerve pain (as a tea or poultice), but Alywillow's Minty Relief and Riverflow products offer pain relief options of all ages. We have incredible reviews from both these products.
- RASHES: In the past, many rashes have been relieved with this plant (through teas and poultices), however, I created far more complex plant formulas for Alywillow that relieve rashes with incredible results. Please review our Warrior and Wildwood formula or contact us if you have any questions.
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