Plantago Asiatica is a perennial herb that grows to 20–60cm high, and has big roots. Its leaves, which gather on the ground, have oval blades and are 11–12cm long and 4–9cm wide, with obtuse apex and base, and 5 smooth main veins from the leaf base. The petioles are almost the same length as the blades. The plant has erect spikes of 20–45cm high, with many small, white, hairless flowers, and oval sepals that are 1.8–2cm long, tube corolla with 5 oval lobes, and 4 stamens. The fruits are oval-shaped pyxis of 3.5mm high and 2mm wide, which have 4 black seeds inside that are up to 1.8mm long.
This plant was traditionally used in Asian pharmacopoeia for the treatment of liver disease. It has also been used to treat stomach troubles and inflammation of the bladder and urinary tract. Its seeds have a mild laxative effect.
The leaves of the plant are used in many Japanese dishes, especially soups. In Vietnam, the young leaves are boiled, fried, or made into soup with meat or prawns.
Honest to Goodness Organic Psyllim Husks are mainly used as a form of natural dietary fibre. They can be sprinkled on cereals, added to smoothies or used in baking. They are natural containing no additives or preservatives.
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