French Psyllium (Plantago arenaria)

Annual
P. indica. P. psyllium. non L.1753 P. ramosa.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
French Psyllium
Plantago arenaria
Plantaginaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Psyllium has been used as a safe and effective laxative for thousands of years in Western herbal medicine[254].

    Both the dried seeds and the seed husks are demulcent, emollient and purgative[4, 9, 46, 254]. The seeds have a mucilaginous coat and swell to several times their volume when in water[9]. The seeds and the husks contain high levels of fibre, they expand and become highly gelatinous when soaked in water. By maintaining a high water content within the large bowel they increase the bulk of the stool, easing its passage[254]. They are used as a demulcent and as a bulk laxative in the treatment of constipation, dysentery and other intestinal complaints, having a soothing and regulatory effect upon the system[4, 9]. Their regulatory effect on the digestive system means that they can also be used in the treatment of diarrhoea and by helping to soften the stool they reduce the irritation of haemorrhoids[254].

    The jelly-like mucilage produced when Psyllium is soaked in water has the ability to absorb toxins within the large bowel. Thus it helps to remove toxins from the body and can be used to reduce auto-toxicity[254].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – raw or cooked.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer A sowing can be made outdoors in situ in mid to late spring if you have enough seeds.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[200]. This species is cultivated in many areas for its seed, which is used medicinally[46, 50, 60].
S. Europe to S.W. Asia. Naturalized in Britain.

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