Plantago ovata is found throughout western and southern Asia, the southwest United States, the Mediterranean, and India. Psyllium is a member of the Plantaginaceae family and has characteristically long, thin leaves and spikes of small, white flowers. The plant is cultivated worldwide for its seeds and husks.
Psyllium husks are flavorless and odorless, making them a popular and healthful addition to baked goods, desserts, and other culinary dishes. The husks are demulcent and swell when introduced to water. They can be decocted to make a demulcent drink or added as a thickening agent to soups and stocks. Whole psyllium husks can also be applied topically and employed for cosmetic uses.
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Precautions Take with at least 250 mL (8 oz.) of water. Taking this product without adequate fluid may cause it to swell and block your throat or esophagus and may cause choking. Do not take this product if you have difficulty in swallowing. Other drugs should be taken one hour prior to consumption of psyllium or several hours after consumption, as psyllium may reduce the absorption of certain drugs due to the mucilage content and the increased speed of passage through the intestines. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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