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Unveiling the miraculous Plantain. The herb for everything!

Plantain leavesWhen I began creating the skincare line, it took me years of research to find the best ingredients. But right from the start, I knew one thing for sure – I had to include the almighty Plantain.

In the realm of natural remedies, few botanicals possess the versatile healing properties of Plantain. Renowned for its diverse range of internal and external benefits, this humble plant stands as a testament to the power of Nature's pharmacy.

In ancient times Plantains’ leaves were often chewed or brewed into teas to treat respiratory issues like coughs, sore throats, and asthma. Poultices made from mashed leaves were applied topically to alleviate inflammation, insect bites, and skin irritations. Alexander the Great (356 B.C.) used Plantain to cure his headaches. The Anglo-Saxons (450 A.D.) listed Plantain as one of their nine sacred herbs.

Later, through science, a range of biological activities has been found in the plant’s extract, including wound healing activity, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, weak antibiotic, immune-modulating and antiulcerogenic activity.

Topical use:

-           It’s been discovered that Plantain promotes skin healing by stimulating cell regeneration and reducing the risk of infection through its antimicrobial properties.

-           The soothing properties of Plantain can accelerate the healing process of cuts, burns, and insect bites.

-           Rich of aucubin and allantoin, Plantain can reduce inflammation associated with conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne, providing relief and promoting skin repair.

All those properties are making it a valuable addition to any herbal medicine cabinet, especially considering the fact that it’s safe and grows everywhere!

Tip: if you are in the garden, park or camping and you get a bee sting, insect bite, stinging nettle sting or a splinter just pick a fresh Plantain leaf chew it up and use the pulp on the complaint. The chances that you’ll find it around you are 99%. Easy as.

Culinary use:

High in calcium, Vitamins A, B1 and riboflavin, the leaves of Plantain are edible and can be incorporated into culinary dishes. From salads to soups, their mild flavour adds a nutritious boost to meals, further highlighting the plant's multifaceted nature.

Tip: for cooking make sure that you choose the young leaves. Narrow-leaved Plantain is preferred for cooking purposes.

Internal use:

-           Digestive support: rich in mucilage, a gel-like substance known for its soothing properties, Plantain can alleviate digestive discomfort, including bloating, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome.

-           Respiratory relief: the leaves of Plantain contain compounds that help clear mucus and anti-inflammatory properties, making them a valuable ally in managing respiratory ailments such as coughs, colds, and bronchitis. Whether consumed as a tea or tincture, this plant can help clear congestion and ease breathing.

-           Immune enhancement: packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, Plantain supports immune function, helping the body ward off infections and diseases. Regular consumption can bolster the body's defences and promote overall wellbeing. 

There are about 200 species of Plantain (Plantago) with most popular ones being Narrow-leaved Plantain and Broadleaf Plantain. The one I’m using in Herbal Fusion is Grand Purple Plantain (Plantago Major Rubrifolia). It’s distinguished by its striking reddish-purple foliage which makes it a favourite if you are seeking both beauty and functionality. The flowering spikes of Plantago Major Rubrifolia attract a diverse array of pollinators, and in that way contributes to ecosystem health and biodiversity. A must have in your garden! 

Grand Purple Plantain is a hero ingredient in the Ease & Flow Healing Bar and Flow & Glow Dry Oil.