Product: Psyllium Seeds
Latin Name: Plantago ovate syn. Plantago decumbens, Plantago ispaghula.
Plant Family: Plantaginaceae
Other Names: Desert Indianwheat, Blond Psyllium, Blond Plantago, Che Qian Zi, Indian Plantago, Ipágula, Isabgola, Isabgul, Ispagol, Pale Psyllium, Psilio, White Psyllium, Sand Plantain & Spogel.
Description: Psyllium is an annual herb native to Europe, Asia and North America, two other species of Plantago are also sold as Psyllium these are P. psyillium and P. indica. P. ovate grows to a height of 30–46cm. The leaves are opposite, lance like and approximately 19cm in length. The hermaphrodite pale green flowers are obovate on terminal flower spikes. The individual inflorescences have 4 round-ovate lobes and 4 creamy-white stamens.
Brief History: Psyllium is an old ayurvedic remedy for the bowel, it is known in India as Isabgol it’s common name is taken from two Persian words ‘isap’ meaning ‘horse’ and ‘ghol’ meaning ‘ear’ which is said to describe the shape of the seed.
Used as a bulking agent in the food and medicine industries. The seed can be added to bread, and biscuits for added fibre and used in similar ways to linseed.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.