The banana herb whose scientific name is Plantago major, is a low-growing perennial that belongs to the banana family. This plant is sourced from most of Europe and North and Central Asia, but it has become widely established in different parts of the world. Other names that this herb receives are: common plantain, rat’s tail, traveler’s foot, broadleaf plantain, plantain among others. While considered a weed in some places, it is actually one of the best healing herbs on Earth. The leaves are used to treat bites, stings, cuts, sore feet, and ailments of the eyes, tongue, and mouth.
Health benefits of banana or plantain grass
Plantain or plantain grass has many properties, some of them are: antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Not only is it effective in soothing insect bites, it also prevents infection and speeds healing.
Aucubin is one of the main compounds, responsible for the antimicrobial action of the plantain herb. Another substance is the allantoin present in this plant that helps the regeneration of skin tissue.
Here are some of the popular health benefits provided by using plantain.
Banana helps reduce mucus in the respiratory tract, so it is very useful for the treatment of colds, colds, sinusitis, pulmonary and bronchial allergic conditions such as hay fever and asthma. Due to the antiseptic properties, it is useful as a remedy for a sore throat, tonsillitis, and cough.
Due to the effectiveness of this plant on the epidermis, favoring its regeneration, it accelerates the healing of minor wounds and bruises. Fresh, washed and softened banana leaves can be used in hot water as a wound dressing.
Traditional uses of banana herb
This herb is used to treat ulcers and sores. Also for burns and wounds. The juice extracted from the heated leaves is used to reduce irritations. Plantain root was traditionally used to heal wounds, to lower fever, and to treat respiratory infections.
Brewing a tea with fresh banana seeds or flower buds will be effective as a lubricating laxative. This herb also favors its use for the treatment of gout, since the aucubin in the leaves increases the excretion of uric acid.
The use of this herb during the 1500s and 1600s for Europeans was very important, as they applied it to everything from dog bites and boils to fevers and flu.