Plantain, musa paradaisica, is a household plant. Both adults and
children alike know it. Even though people are familiar with the
plant and enjoy its fruit, they do not pay attention to its other uses.
When plantain is roasted, it is called boole in Yoruba. When fried it
is called dodo. The plantain plant, which is rich in inulin, alkaloids
and noradrenaline, is a beauty to behold. The leaves are
The trunk is soft and contains a lot of fluid. Yorubas
call it Ogede nla or Ogede agbagba, Binis call it Ogheda or Oghede,
and Hausas call it Ayaba. In Igbo there are varieties of names for
plantain: Ogadejioke, Ojioko, abereka.
The green leaf of plantain is very useful for treating diabetes.
Simply boil the fresh leaves in water. Drink a glassful twice daily.
However, pregnant women should not take this preparation, as it is
capable of stimulating the uterus, thus promoting miscarriage. The
whitish fluid that shows when plantain leaf is cut is very effective
for treating wounds, especially fresh wounds. The juice stops the
flow of blood very quickly.
Perhaps the most medicinal part of plantain is the sap. The sap is
present in every part of the plant. By piercing any part of the plant,
especially the trunk, one can collect the sap.
How to Collect Plantain Sap
Cut the trunk of a plantain into pieces. Pound the pieces in a
mortar. Then squeeze out the juice. What you have is a potent
herbal juice that can be used for varieties of illnesses. Mix one
bottle of the juice with half bottle of honey. Henceforth, this
preparation will be referred to as Plantain Solution (PS). This
knowledge is one of the hidden treasures, which many of our
knowledgeable fathers and mothers keep close to their chests. The
simplest things in nature are often the most important. How often
do you see a banana tree and pass by without even taking a
second look? So often, we are so busy pursuing one material thing
or the other forgetting that happiness consists in opening ourselves
to the hidden wisdom in nature. Human beings are busy pursuing
happiness and beauty. Yet, right there in front of them is paradise.
Wake up from your slumber O man and woman and stop taking
things for granted. Let the beauty of nature permeate your being
and reflect through you!
The juice of plantain can be used for the following illnesses:
1. Nervousness: Plantain Solution (PS) offers quick relief for
nervousness and even hysteria. It calms the system and promotes
sleep. Drink two tablespoons of Plantain Solution twice daily.
2. Epilepsy: Plantain Solution offers great hope for those suffering
from epilepsy. It effectively hinders electric discharge in the brain,
thus preventing epileptic fits. The dosage is two tablespoons of PS
3. Dysentery: Drinking two tablespoons of Plantain Solution twice
daily will bring relief to those suffering from dysentery as well as
diarrhea, constipation and indigestion.
4. Ulcer: For intestinal ulcer, drink two tablespoons of PS twice
daily. For chronic external ulcers, use cotton wool to apply PS to
the wound twice daily.
5. Skin infections: Apply PS to the skin in cases of burns, skin
rashes and insect bites.
*The Uses of Plantain Root*
Plantain root is very useful for a number of illnesses. Cut some
plantain roots into pieces, and then pound in a mortar. Press out
the juice and throw the chaff away. Mix half bottle of honey with
one bottle of the juice. Once again, what you have left is a potent
herbal solution, henceforth referred to as PRJ (Plantain Root
Juice). PRJ is effective for the following complaints.
Prostrate cancer is on the increase every day Orthodox medicine
has nothing to offer except surgical operation, which is of little
value. Does it mean that there is no hope? Well, there is always
hope. There is no hopelessness in nature. PRJ is of great help in
reducing prostrate tumour, retention of urine and other related
ailments. Drink three tablespoons of PRJ thrice daily.
2. Kidney Problems:
For all forms of kidney problems, PRJ offers great hope. It
promotes the flow of urine and helps in metabolism.
PRJ has proved helpful to diabetics who are lucky enough to know
about it. The dosage is two tablespoons thrice daily.
If you are one of those many people who suffer from any or all of
the various forms of venereal diseases, such as staphylococcus,
gonorrhea or syphilis, then I have good news for you. PRJ is the
hidden solution to your problem. Drinking three tablespoons of PRJ
for two months will eradicate chronic gonorrhea and
staphylococcus. For Syphilis, continue the medication for four
months. Venereal diseases take time to cure, so don’t expect that
you can eradicate them overnight. And beware of herbalists who
claim that they can cure gonorrhea or syphilis in a week or two.
Never hurry nature. Allow the body to repair itself. That is the
*Other Uses of Plantain*
The leaves: Plantain leaf is useful against skin rashes and burns as
well as convulsions. Grind some plantain leaves into powder. Mix
four tablespoons of the powder with half coca-cola bottle of palm-
kernel oil or vegetable oil and apply to the affected parts. In cases
of convulsion, apply to the whole body.
The Peel: The peel of both ripe and unripe plantain is cure for
stomach ulcer. Dry the peels and grind to ashes. Mix one teaspoon
of the powder with some honey, then lick. Do this twice daily.
The Fruit: Roasted plantain fruit is good for men with weak
erection and low sperm count. Make a habit of eating one or two
roasted plantain daily. If you wish, you can eat it with vegetable
soup. Enjoy yourself while you improve your health the natural
way. The ripe plantain fruit can be used to treat indigestion. Mash
some ripe plantain to make a paste. Add three tablespoons of
honey to eight tablespoons of the paste. Take one tablespoons