Slippery Elm (Ulmus Rubra)

Plantain (Plantago Major)

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3. Plantain (Plantago Major)

Plantain is a gentle herb that promotes healing of intestinal tissues. It is soothing and cooling. The herb helps to normalize bowel movements and inhibits bacterial growth while soothing and preventing hemorrhoids.

Plantain may be purchased, grown in a garden, or gathered from the wild. While dried products are effective, the fresh plant is the most valuable. If you purchase prepared herbal products, enquire to determine whether the product was prepared while the plant was fresh.

Make an infusion by covering one tablespoon of fresh leaves or one teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup. Add one cup of boiling water. Cover the container with a lid and let the tea steep for 20 minutes. Strain out the herb and discard or compost it. Drink the tea. Consume three cups each day. The herb is safe and does not interfere with the actions of medications.

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