How to use plantain?
Plantain is not just a weed! On the contrary, it is even considered by some to be a miraculous and delicious herb for others in the kitchen.
This plant has a multitude of benefits in addition to being an excellent medicinal plant. Here are just a few benefits and tips to do with ribwort plantain and how to use it at home.
1. Make plantain salad
And yes, plantain is an edible weed. So why not use it in his salad, like you already do with dandelions and other herbs?
Choose young plantain shoots for your salad!
Since the taste of plantain is somewhat bitter it is best to choose young shoots to make the salad, as the bigger and older shoots will be very bitter.
With the young plantain leaves, you will even taste a sweet mushroom scent, excellent in a salad.
Eat plantain like vegetables!
You can also eat ribwort as a cooked vegetable. You should then give preference to the largest and oldest leaves of the plant.
The texture and taste of plantain when cooked is very similar to spinach. So why not incorporate it into your stir-fries or your favorite lasagna recipe.
2. Plantain Pesto Recipe:
You can also make a homemade pesto recipe with plantain leaves. Here is an easy to make pesto recipe:
- Blanch about 100g of ribwort plantain leaves.
- Add the plantain to a bowl and add 50 ml of olive oil.
- Mix well and then add 100g of sunflower seeds.
- Mix the mixture well and use the pesto on a salad, pasta or as a dip.
3. Use plantain to relieve a sting
Ribwort plantain can be used to relieve certain insect bites, including mosquito bites. Here is how to make this home remedy:
- Crush plantain leaves and stems to extract the juice from the plant.
- Apply the juicy paste directly to mosquito bites for quick relief.
You can use this plantain poultice to relieve mosquito bites, but also wasp and spider stings.
Also relieves burns!
To relieve burns and sunburn, for example, you can grind plantain leaves and apply them as a poultice to the skin to be treated. A benefit of plantain used for decades by our grandmothers.
A plantain ointment for skin problems:
- Ideal for irritated skin and other skin problems.
- Relieves itching and mild burning.
- Also ideal against insect bites.
4. Make an infusion of plantain leaves
Hard to believe that it is possible and effective for your health to make an infusion of weeds and yet yes, thanks to plantains.
To naturally relieve many ailments!
Whether it is to relieve cough, constipation or diarrhea, the infusion of plantain leaves can be effective. But beware, it is not miraculous, it is simply a natural solution to calm the undesirable effects.
- Infuse 50 g of plantain leaves in a liter of boiling water for ten minutes.
- Take 2 cups of this home remedy during the day to relieve ailments.
5. Plantain to help digestion
Another benefit of plantain is that of aiding digestion in general.
Indeed, this weed actually aids digestion. You can therefore incorporate it into certain foods or make a good hot sauce for your favorite dishes and recipes.
Use in moderation, as this weed can be laxative if consumed in too large amounts and too frequently!
6. Relieve eczema with the leaves
A bit like insect bites, the leaves of the ribwort once well rubbed can be useful for naturally relieving the symptoms of eczema.
As it prevents the dilation of vessels, plantain helps reduce redness in addition to calming the itching caused by eczema.
But beware, it is not miraculous and even less effective in healing, it is only a solution to temporarily relieve the effects of eczema.
7. Use plantain to heal skin
Once well crushed, lanceolate plantain leaves can be used to help heal a wound on the skin more quickly, for example.
They can also help soothe and heal a bite or reduce the appearance of acne scars.
A plantain compress!
Whether to relieve rheumatism or to accelerate the healing of wounds or to reduce varicose veins on the body, the plantain-based compress is really an excellent home remedy to try at home.
9. Plantain Syrup Recipe
Did you know that it was possible to make your own plantain syrup? The benefits of such a syrup are numerous, including that of relieving coughs.
Here’s how to make this homemade cough syrup:
- Bring 1/2 cup water in a saucepan to a boil and remove from heat.
- Add 2 teaspoons of dried plantain and another 2 teaspoons of dried thyme and cover for 15 minutes.
- Strain the solution and lightly crush the leaves at the same time.
- Add 2 tablespoons of unpasteurized honey to the liquid and mix well.
- Take 1 tablespoon 2 times a day to calm your cough and cold.
Store the plantain syrup in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 1 to 2 weeks maximum.
10. Always wash plantain leaves thoroughly
Finally, no matter what use you want to make of lanceolate plantain, you should always choose the most beautiful leaves of the plant and above all wash them well before using them in cooking or as a remedy.
** Warning **
There are few contraindications regarding the use of ribwort plantain, but it is still recommended that pregnant women not consume it and use it.
Likewise, be careful not to overdo its use because it can be very laxative, so be careful!