Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Making Plantain Tincture

I've been really interested in herbalism lately and we have some amazing plants growing around our land.  Plantain is neat because you will find it growing in any field or yard in our region.  It is easy to recognize once you take the time to learn what it looks like, and if you get stung by a bee you can break some off, chew it up, and use it immediately as a poultice.  The seeds when it flowers are what you may recognize as psyllium.  When you break off a plantain leaf, you will see strings from it:


As always, make absolutely sure you know you have the right plant before you use it, and it is also a good idea to consult with your doctor. 

Plaintain is healing in all sorts of ways.  It is antibacterial and antimicrobial, which is why it is so healing for the skin.  It can relieve diarrhea, and it can help a cough by assisting in expelling phlegm.  Some say it can slow the growth of staph and TB bacteria.  It eases heartburn and indigestion, and is also a diuretic.  Plantain can stop bleeding and relieve pain, and it's no surprise that some believe it to be one of the most versatile of herbal medicines.
I made a tincture, which is still curing, so I haven't tried it yet.  As plentiful as plantain is in our yard, it's something I could make more of easily.  It's curing in 100 proof vodka right now, and I shake it once a day.  Later, I'll strain it and bottle it.  A dose is just 6-12 drops. 

Readers, do you use any herbal remedies? 

22 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

that used to grow in wisconsin but i've not seen it here. and only recently did i learn that it had medicinal qualities (from a blogger in the smokey mountains.) :)

Sunnybrook Farm said...

No shortage of that plant around here and there is also a narrow leaf version that puts up seed on tall stems. In the winter our horse will eat the narrow leaf but doesn't seem to eat the broad leaf version. Then I have seen him eat thistle so who knows. I fixed the broad leaf one as a green once and as long as you get young leaves that don't have the treads running through them, they made good greens and not as bitter as dandelion.

Out on the prairie said...

Lots where I mow for some reason

PioneerPreppy said...

I used to have it everywhere and I have read about it's properties before although never messed with it. The sheep LOVE it but then they are broadleaf eaters first and foremost. The horses won't touch it. I still get it in the yard but the sheep have pretty much gotten rid of it in their pastures.

alissa apel said...

That is cool! Maybe that will help with those skin problems. The Dermaroot that we got to review hasn't helped Mica's orange peel skin under his chin at all. Maybe it would help with eczema, but it's not helping him.

Karen S. said...

Yep, very plentiful around my parts too!

Vera said...

I have just harvested some plantain from our land, but dehydrated it. I didn't know about making a tincture using vodka, so thanks for inspiring me to get some tincture made. Vx

Crystal Collier said...

We try to use herbal remedies as much as possible. Currently we're using essential oils for allergies and I've got a few medicinal herbal teas for various things, but I grew up as a doctor's daughter with strict western medicine. It's been a tough transition.

Vicki said...

Thanks for the information. I am trying to learn as much as I can about the use of herbs. It irritates me that with every doctor visit I seem to wind up with another prescription drug. Doctors appear to want to write a prescription rather than find an alternative. That has to stop....soon.

Harry Flashman said...

If I got that bottle I'd throw away the herbs and drink the vodka! :-O

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Bela informação...Espectacular....
Cumprimentos

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Fascinating! Plus "tincture" is such an old-fashioned word that it sounds charming.

Mildred said...

I have not tried any herbal remedies. This is very interesting and wonderful that you have such a good supply of this herb. You'll have to let us know how it works for you.

Michael Manning said...

My mother had a relative who would tie on a necklace of garlic before she went outside to "prevent getting a cold". I doubt she attracted many people to her though! But you seem to have an admirable grasp of so many herbs and natural remedies, Lisa!

Becca said...

OMG I would love to make this for myself. I order it off of Amazon for my dog and feel so silly. I bet homemaking it is healthier also! I believe we put him on it to help with internal bleeding and it has done the trick!

deborah harvey said...

propolis tincture- takes the place of statins, no side effects, some do not get as much from it as others

rabbit tobacco tincture- sent to me by a friend in tennessee. has almost cured my decades long diarrhea. can now eat some dairy and also some gluten which would kill me before. has been a miracle for me

lomatium tincture- from same friend, for daughter's lyme disease. just started it so no report on effects yet.

mail4rosey said...

That's a fun experiment to do. I hope it turns out useful too. :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

That is so interesting. We enjoy reading about things you try!
love
tweedles

Small Kucing said...

Have not seen this around my area. Yes we have a lot of herbs...some healing herbs around the house too .

Barbara Shallue said...

I don't think it grows around here, but I'm going to look for it, just in case! My only herbal remedy is aloe vera. I have a large plant growing in a pot.

Linda said...

I did not know about the seeds! We have plenty of it, although not as much as dandelion.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

We have plaintain growing all over. I need to make this