11 Health Benefits and Uses for the Herb Plantain
By: Michelle Schoffro Cook, June 6, 2017, http://www.care2.com/greenlivi...e-herb-plantain.html
On a daily basis, most of us walk past or trample on one of the most profoundly therapeutic herbs without giving this natural medicine much consideration. But this weed, as we are inclined to call it, could be the answer to what ails you.
This potent plant is known as plantain—not the banana-like fruit, Plantago major is a low-lying herb found in almost every lawn and many sidewalks. There are many reasons to stop treading on plantain and start enjoying it instead, including the following health benefits:
Plantain is packed with nutrients, including beta carotene, calcium, vitamins C and K, and phytonutrients like allantoin, apigenin, aucubin, baicalein, oleanolic acid, sorbitol and tannin. Beta carotene boosts eyesight and helps fight cancer, calcium builds strong bones and is essential to a healthy nervous system, vitamin C helps to fight cancer and reduces the effects of stress, and vitamin K is necessary for blood and blood-vessel health.