Plantain leaves contain tannins, vitamin C and mineral salts. Plantain leaf medicines have the action of a mild expectorant in rhinitis upper respiratory tract. Besides, it is a medicine used to stimulate the secretion of gastric juices and protective in gastric ulcer and duodenum.
How to make a plantain tincture? Collect about 2 lb (1 kg) of fresh plantain leaves. After careful washing, throw them into the juicer. Pour 1 cup (8 fl oz/240 ml) of spirit over the juice obtained in this way. Leave the tincture for 7 days in an airtight jar in a cool place, it can be used after that time.
Do you want to know more about plantain tincture? Keep reading – I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful (here link to my article about supplies) when you will be making a plantain tincture by yourself. I’m making tinctures from 2001 and have gathered and read dozens of books about them, so information that you will find in this article should be helpful 🙂
Where to buy plantain for tincture?
If you are not using fresh fruits you can find dried plantain on Amazon here – Organic Plantain Leaf Cut & Sifted, 4 Ounces
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Plantain tincture uses, benefits – what is it good for
List of uses for plantain tincture includes:
- swelling (inflammation) of the bladder (cystitis).
- stomach ulcers.
- upset stomach.
Other plantain uses and benefits, not only tincture
Long list of benefits from using products from plantain includes:
- Plantain has an expectorant effect, which is why it is perfect for a tiring cough – dry and wet.
- It cleans the lungs of phlegm and soothes throat infections. Especially recommended, whooping cough, asthma or even tuberculosis.
- It helps in bothersome hoarseness, so it is recommended to all people exposed to an occupational disease, e.g. teachers, university lecturers or professional speakers.
- Perfectly combats a smoker’s cough.
- It can be used as an adjuvant in the treatment of upper respiratory tract diseases.
- Plantain heals inflammation of the mucosa of the mouth, throat and gastrointestinal tract thanks to iridoids and natural mucus compounds.
- It also helps with inflammation and infections of the reproductive organs.
- Plantain leaf, whole or crushed or mixed, helps with ulcers, boils and hard-to-heal wounds, even varicose wounds, and any type of wounds and cuts.
- Plantain infusion and mask help fight rashes, eczema and impetigo.
- A tonic based on it is recommended for anti-acne treatment.
- Plantain leaves, especially the compounds contained in them, are considered an antibiotic and that is why they are brewed to support the treatment of conjunctivitis and eyelid inflammation, which is used to wash the diseased areas.
- For tired eyes, especially after working at the computer for a whole day, apply burnt, slightly crushed plantain leaves to the eyelids.
- Plantain will help tired, gray skin and broken capillaries. In the form of a mask, it will bring relaxation and relief after a hard day’s work.
- To bring relief to a tired body, it is enough to prepare a compress for the whole body. Perfectly firms, tones and regenerates the skin, even after sunbathing. It will prevent peeling of the epidermis and the body will stay fresh and relaxed for a long time.
- Plantain leaves tea stimulates the secretion of gastric juices and at the same time protects the mucosa against their harmful effects, therefore it is recommended in the case of catarrh and gastroenteritis.
- Plantain also treats inflammation and ulcers in the stomach and duodenum, and when properly prepared, it will help in the treatment of constipation.
- In case of poisoning and stomach ailments, the tea made of plantain leaves will bring relief.
- Homemade plantain juice can be used in the treatment of stomach cancer because it stimulates the action of antibodies.
- Plantain leaves can be used as an ingredient in a salad – it is enough to mix the raw, rinsed leaves with the lettuce.
- In the ground form, plantain leaves go well with potato pancakes and babas (we add them to the mass), and when chopped, they enrich the taste of soups.
- You can also fry plantain leaves too sweet and salty. They are perfect for smoothies, i.e. light, refreshing fruit and vegetable drinks
Plantain tincture dosage
Most sources suggest using plantain tincture in the treatment of bronchitis, you can take 1 tablespoon of plantain tincture before meals, 2-3 times a day.
Plantain tincture recipe
For another plantain tincture recipe you need 4 oz (120g) of fresh plantain leaves, 4 fl oz (120ml) of water, 4 oz (120g) of sugar and 2 fl oz (60ml) of vodka. Dice the leaves, add water and twist through a food processor or blend. Drain the resulting “mush”. Add sugar to the resulting juice and dissolve it, add vodka. Keep in a dark glass bottle for 1 month, after that time filter and leave to mature for the next 3 months.
Plantain tincture recipe without alcohol
Alcohol tinctures are probably the most potent way to get healing and balancing benefits of herbs for our use.
But if you can’t or don’t want to consume alcohol, or you should not give it to kids, as a substitute you can make a glycerin-based, alcohol-free herbal extract, also called an herbal glycerite. Such extract is not as strong or long-lasting as alcohol tinctures, but it takes only up to 3 days to make it.
Recipe to prepare plantain glycerite without alcohol: put leaves in a jar about 1/2 way, fill to the top with glycerine. Cover and put in a slow cooker (or Instant Pot with a slow cooker feature) that’s lined with a towel and filled with water — run on low for 3 days. After that remove and strain, keep in a dry and cool place in dark glass bottles.
Plantain tincture contraindications and side effects
The only contraindications are allergies to plantain or any ingredient used in the tincture, for example honey if you are adding some.
What type of alcohol is used for plantain tincture?
Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried plantain, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the fruit out of it.
How long does plantain tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, plantain tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.
Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home
I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars.
- Mortar for herbs – granite.
- Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles.
- Large bottles, dark glass.
- Medium bottles, dark glass.
- Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
- Cloth for tincture filtering.
- Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
- Tincture press for better extraction.
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Other names of plantain
It is also known under such names: Babka lancetowata, Breitwegerich, Broadleaf Plantain, Common Plantain, Daun Sendok, Erva-De-Orelha, General Plantain, Grand Plantain, Greater Plantain, Groblad, Large Plantain, Lisan Al-Hamal, Llantén, Plantago major, Plantago Mayor, Plantain, Plantain à Bouquet, Plantain Commun, Plantain à Feuilles Larges, Plantain Majeur, Plantain des Oiseaux, Tanchagem, White Man’s Foot.
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