Name: Plantago major
Names: Plantain, Greater Plantain, waybread, round-leaved plantain, Englishman's foot, common plantain, ribwort, ripple grass, snake weed
Used: Leaves or aerial parts
Iridoids; aucubin, 3,4-dihydroaucubin, 6-O-b-glucosylaucubin, catalpol
Flavonoids; apigenin, lutelin, scutellarin, baicalein, nepetin, hispidulin, plantagoside
Miscellaneous; tannin, oleanolic acid, plant acids such as chlorogenic, neochlorogenic, fumaric, hydroxycinnamic and benzoic acids and their esters.
Vulnerary, expectorant, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, anti-microbial.
Both the Greater Plantain and its close relative Ribwort Plantain have valuable healing properties. It acts as a gentle expectorant whilst also soothing inflamed and sore membranes, making it ideal for coughs and mild bronchitis. Its astringency aids in
diarrhea, hemorrhoids and also in cystitis where there is bleeding.
Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for
10 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.
Ointment: an ointment can be made that will aid the treatment of hemorrhoids and cuts.
Tincture: take 2-3ml of the tincture three times a day.
No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.
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