PSYLLIUM: “Laxative Cholesterol Cutter”
Cholesterol, Constipation, Diarrhea, Hemorrhoids, Laxative
Also Known As: Fleabane, Hedeoma, Mosquito Plant, Pulegium and Squawmint
If you mention psyllium, most people will say, “Huh?” But, if you mention Metamucil, most everyone says, “Oh, yes. I know what it is.” Metamucil is actually psyllium with some flavoring, sweetening and color added. Psyllium is one of the safest and gentlest laxatives on the market. It earned it’s place in herbal healing centuries ago. Scientists have recently discovered psyllium to have remarkable abilities to reduce cholesterol.
Psyllium entered into European folk medicine in the 16th century as a remedy for constipation and diarrhea. It was not widely used in North America until after World War I. Today it is one of North America’s most popular bulk forming laxative. It is the active ingredient in Metamucil, Naturacil, Fiberall, Hydrocil, Effersyllium, ProLax and V-Lax.
To use for cholesterol control or a laxative, take 1 teaspoon of seeds three times daily with meals and plenty of water. Psyllium is odorless and almost has no taste, but has a gritty texture some people claim is unpleasant. Follow the label instructions for commercial preparations. Do not give to children under the age of two.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Psyllium is available from specialty nurseries, but is not usually grown as a garden herb. A seed pod contains up to 15,000 seeds and as the wind blows, the seeds scatter.
Inhaling dust particles from the psyllium seeds may trigger an allergic reaction. Use in medicinal amounts and consult with your doctor if yu experience and unpleasant effects.