(plantain family) Psyllium seeds come from the plantain plant, a low-growing annual found in most yards and fields in temperate zones throughout the world. The seeds are the main ingredient in most bulk-forming laxatives and have been used for centuries to treat
, hemorrhoids, constipation and urinary problems. Other uses include treating symptoms of
, pneumonia, Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Plantain leaves, aside from being highly nutritious, are also very useful for treating skin problems such as
. An old folk remedy for diaper rash is to pick a handful of plantain leaves, crush them with your hands and place them in baby's diaper until the next changing. It works!
Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day while taking psyllium to avoid intestinal blockage.