Medium Plantain is a perennial plant that has a long root underground, fusiform, brown and with several buds. It forms a rosette of leaves applied on the ground, sometimes oval or elliptical. The flowers are grouped into plump spikes, are white and hairless, with four pale lilac stamens very long and colorful and also white anthers. The fruit is a capsule oval, pointed and contains two to four seeds.
One grows in dry meadows, bare grass and tight, usually in clearings in the forests of large trees. Usually prefers calcareous soils.
Flowers in spring and much of the summer. Interesting collection of leaves, which should take in the spring, during the period of maximum flowering. Drying is done in the shade in thin layers, making sure that leaves do not pile too.
Both the leaves and the inflorescence and the root is a glycoside called aucubin. They also appear mucilage, pectin, tannin, mannitol and sorbitol.
The properties of this plant are very similar to those of another species of the same genus: Greater Plantain. It is a healing herb, balsamic and antidiarrheal. The virtue is best defined to be astringent. The leaves have been used to cut diarrhea in dysentery, also given to colds bronchitis and inflammation of mouth and throat. If you want to get more astringent, the herb can be mixed with mallow leaves and tips of blackberry. There was until recently an ointment was prepared with cow butter and crushed plantain leaves, used to ease the pain of hemorrhoids.
Syrup. Prepare an infusion with partially dried plantain leaves and 250 cc of alcohol when the leaves are impregnated either liquid, pour the preparation in 225 cc of boiling water is left to macerate for 24 hours, stirring occasionally , filtered and boiled with 300 g. Sugar. This syrup was taking a spoonful in the morning and evening. Acts strongly against irritating cough.
Macerado. They take 40-60 g. Plant per liter of water and let it simmer a minute. It is then left to macerate for 10 hours. He drinks to cups during the day.
Poultice. With the dry leaves are crushed and applied as a poultice on wounds, sores or insect bites.
HABITAT: Calcareous soils
PART USED: Sheets
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