Health & Diet

Plantain Leaf Extract Is The Latest Beauty Breakthrough

PLANTAIN EXTRACT

Although the exotic green cooking banana may come to mind when you think of plantain, this is also the name of a weedlike, edible plant officially called plantago major. Plantain leaf extract typically grows in Europe, as well as parts of northern and central Asia, and has traditionally been used to soothe wounds. However, plantain extract may offer other skincare and health benefits as well.

Plantain leaf extract contains the antioxidants Vitamins A and C, along with Vitamin K (a fat-soluble vitamin that is said to help with healthy blood clotting). Livestrong.com reports that plantain leaf is also a natural source of fibre, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium. It also offers the mineral phosphorus (which encourages healthy bones and teeth), zinc (which promotes a strong immune system) and copper (which helps to create collagen).

According to the University of Michigan Health System, plantain leaf can treat inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis. It may be used to heal itchy, irritated skin, as well as to soothe dandruff and rashes on the skin. In fact, plantain extract can also be mixed into a hair rinse to replenish and rejuvenate those distressed locks.

Whether you’re struggling with irritated skin or dull tresses, plantain leaf extract may be a breakthrough beauty ingredient to consider.

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