Soothe Your Skin With Plantain
Growing up in a Cuban house, I ate plantains ALL THE TIME. Though I loved eating them, for a long time I had no idea the leaves were special. Plantain leaves are full of allantoin, apigenin, aucubin, baicalein, linoleic acid, oleanolic acid, sorbitol, tannin, beta carotene, vitamin C, and calcium. The Saxons considered it one of their nine sacred herbs. Its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it great for speeding up the healing of wounds, sunburns, bug bites, and for itching or pain associated with skin problems. It is often used as a natural remedy for skin rashes, bug bites, and as a natural first aid for the skin. Its great skin soothing properties convinced us to include this amazing herb into our skincare products.
Here is what Mountain Rose Herbs has written about plantain:
Medicinally, plantain leaf is approved by the German Commission E for respiratory catarrhs and mild inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa. It is traditionally used for upper respiratory support, and is topically used for minor cuts, bruises, and stings. The leaves of plantain are quite edible, and are often cooked as greens or used raw in salads. Older leaves have a stronger flavor and may be considered objectionable. These older, stringy leaves may still be used in herbal teas, and are particularly suitable for survival situations where the tough fibers may be converted to rope or fishing line. Plantain is very high in vitamins A and C and is also a rich source of calcium.
We source organically grown plantain, and use its leaves in our bath teas and steams, and infuse them into our oils. If you’re looking for a natural remedy for skin irritations, try using products with plantain leaf like our skin soothing tea bath, nourishing and calming body oil, and rejuvenating facial serum, which all contain this wonderful herb.