Plantain tea or Plantago tea is made from the whole plant or seeds of plantain plant, usually Plantago major, Plantago asiatica, or Plantago depressa.
Plantain has strong adaptability and is widely distributed all over the world. It can be seen everywhere in the mountains, fields, roadsides, and riversides.
It is a kind of herbaceous plant, whose whole plant can be used as medicine, including its roots and seeds. In Chinese medicine, plantain is called Che Qian Cao and its seeds called Che Qian Zi. Both of them are traditional Chinese medicine, which is recorded in many Chinese medical books, such as <Compendium of Materia Medica>.
Plantain can not only be used for medicine, but also for food. The young plants of plantain can be used for soup, dish, stuffing, porridge, etc., which also have a lot of medicinal effects. But if it is used as medicine, it is usually mature plantain.
When the plantain is growing vigorously, if its ears have grown to be as long as the leaves and not blossomed, then its medicinal effect is the highest, and the whole plant can be harvested.
Plantain seed is collected from the mature ears of plantain. After the seeds are dried, they need to be stir-fried into the finished product.
1. How to make plantain tea
Plantain tea can be made from the fresh leaves of plantain, dried whole plant of plantain, and plantain seed.
Wash the fresh leaves, tear them into small pieces, and boil them for a few minutes to drink. Or put them in boiling water to steep for 10 minutes to drink.
The dried plantain can be boiled or brewed directly with boiling water. Its brewing method is the same as the fresh one’s.
Plantain seed can be brewed in boiling water for 15 minutes to drink, or grind them and steep them in boiling water.
The plantain products sold on the market are usually dried whole plants or seeds.
2. Health benefits of plantain tea
In traditional Chinese medicine, plantain has the functions of diuresis, clearing away heat and detoxification, improving eyesight, eliminating phlegm, treating cough, skin ulcers, and dysentery.
Plantain also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. In modern clinical applications, it is often used to treat chronic tracheitis, tonsillitis, icteric hepatitis, etc.
People with urinary system and prostate diseases are very suitable for drinking plantain tea, which can relieve the diseases and help the body to excrete excess urea and uric acid.
Besides, plantain is rich in protein, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin B, calcium, iron, magnesium and other nutrients, which can supplement the basic nutrients of the human body.
Whether there is a disease or not, proper drinking of plantain tea is good for health.
3. Side effects of plantain tea
The property of plantain is cold, so the people with cold constitution should not drink plantain tea, otherwise, it may cause diarrhea and other symptoms.
Pregnant women should not drink plantain tea, which may affect the fetus.
Although plantain tea has many benefits, it can not be drunk in large quantities for a long time. Otherwise, it may cause gastrointestinal disorders and electrolyte disorders.