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Plantain has been used as an herbal remedy for many centuries. It is rich in riboflavin and vitamin B1 and is a powerful anti-toxin with anti-bacterial properties. It is used as a poultice on all kinds of skin ailments. It is rubbed directly on rashes caused by stinging nettle, poison ivy and poison oak. Plantain is also used for bites, burns, rashes, spider and snake bites. It will stop bleeding and encourage the repair of damaged skin with less scarring.

Plantain aids in fighting asthma, emphysema, bladder problems, bronchitis, fever, hypertension, rheumatism and for blood sugar control. It is also used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, gastritis, peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, cystitis, bronchitis, sinusitis, coughs, asthma and hay fever. The seeds are used as a soothing laxative. It is also used for weight control.

It also is currently being used in stop smoking preparations because it causes a natural aversion to tobacco.


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