Plantain is a remarkable plant with a long history in herbal medicine. In the Highlands the Plantain is still called 'Slan-lus,' or plant of healing. Our Saxon ancestors esteemed it highly and in the old Lacnunga the 'Weybroed' is mentioned as one of nine sacred herbs. Externally, it is effective on any kind of skin disorder when the leaves are bruised and simply rubbed on the skin. Alternatively it can be made into an oil or ointment and stored for convenient external use.
This is an amazing plant ally and it will help with a plethora of skin complaints including; rashes, wounds, ulcerations, cuts, swelling, sprains, bruises, burns, eczema, cracked lips, poison ivy, mosquito bites, diaper rash, boils, hemorrhoids, and blisters. It is also effective as an agent that draws out bee stings, snake bites, and spider bites, and it effectively draws out splinters or thorns and reduces the risk of scarring with more severe cuts and scrapes. Apparently, placed in the shoes, the leaves will also help prevent blisters on the feet!
From the days of Chaucer onwards we find reference in literature to the healing powers of Plantain. Gower (1390) says: 'And of Plantaine he hath his herb sovereine'. Chaucer mentions it in the Prologue of the Chanounes Yeman. Shakespeare, both in Love's Labour's Lost, iii, i, and in Romeo and Juliet, I, ii, speaks of the 'plain Plantain' and 'Plantain leaf' as excellent for a broken skin, and again in Two Noble Kinsmen, I, ii: 'These poore slight sores neede not a Plantin.' Shenstone in the Schoolmistress: 'And plantain rubb'd that heals the reaper's wound.'
Plantain is very high in beta carotene (A) and calcium. It also provides ascorbic acid (C), and vitamin K. Among the more notable chemicals found in plantain are allantion, apigenin, aucubin, baicalein, linoleic acid, oleanolic acid, sorbitol, and tannin. Together these constituents are thought to give plantain mild anti~inflammatory, antimicrobial, antihemorrhagic, and expectorant actions. Acubin has been reported in the Journal of Toxicology as a powerful anti-toxin. Allantoin has been proved to promote wound healing, speed up cell regeneration, and have skin-softening effects.
PLANTAIN INFUSED OIL - Wild Plantago major in organic Olea europaea
Modern medical research is proving to uphold many of the historical uses of plantain ~ especially as a wound healer, and as a treament for lung conditions such as bronchitis or asthma. Medicinally, plantain is astringent, demulcent, emollient, cooling, vulnerary, expectorant, antimicrobial, antiviral, antitoxin, and diuretic. Plantain is approved by the German Commission E (a sort of German "FDA" that studies and regulates herbs and herbal uses) for internal use to ease coughs and mucous membrane irritation associated with upper respiratory tract infections as well as topical use for skin inflammations.
Though Plantain was considered by the ancient Saxons to be one of the nine sacred herbs, this appears to be more due to the medicinal qualities of the plant than its magickal energies. In Magickal lore, it is bound to Mars and Fire.
Plantain is brewed as a tea for divination and vivid dreams, and it is considered a protection herb when placed in a charm around the neck of a child. For healing and purification, place fresh or dried Plantain leaves or roots in a mesh bag hung under the faucet for bathwater. Pinches of dried herb can be tossed into a fireplace or over the flame of a candle, or thrown into an easterly wind for healing wishes. Burning Plantain leaves or roots enhances the magickal powers of other herbs.
This is a 100% natural product and contains no preservatives of any kind. We recommend that it is stored with the lid tightly closed, in a cool, dark place and used within six months