Tinctures are essentially liquid extracts of herbs and alcohol. They are so effective because they create a potent and easily absorbed concentrations of the herbs cured in alcohol. When dropped under the tongue, it enter the bloodstream very efficiently, faster than with ingestion or tea extraction.
Plantains have wide-ranging antimicrobial properties besides being anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It can not only soothe insect bites and superficial wounds but prevent infections and accelerate healing.
An active biochemical aucubin is mainly responsible for the antimicrobial action of the herb. Another substance allantoin in the herb helps with skin tissue regeneration.
Plantains also have an astringent property that has a cleansing effect on the body. It helps dry up excess secretions in the respiratory tract and the digestive system, thus being useful in treating colds and diarrhea.
Plantain tincture is a very potent remedy for cold, respiratory infections and ailments of the stomach.