plantago (Plantago lanceolata) ribwort plantain  flowers leaves

plantago (Plantago lanceolata)

« Watch where you step! This little weed is often underfoot and highly underutilized as a healer for all »

Common name(s):  plantago, plantain, ribwort, English plantain, white man’s foot, snakeweed, broad-leafed plantain, ribble grass, waybread, cuckoo's bread 
Family:  Plantaginaceae
Origin:  southwestern Norway
Parts used:  aerial parts, roots, seeds
Constituents:  carbohydrates (fructose, glucose, saccharoses), acids (chlorogenic, benzoic, caffeic, coumaric, fumaric, salicylic, asocorbic), iridoid glycosides (acubin, catalpol), tannins, flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin, scutellarin, baicalein), alkaloid, gum, resins, saponins, minerals Zn, K+, Mg, P, vitamins C, K, beta-carotene, calcium
Therapeutic actions:  deobstruent, cooling alterative, emollient, astringent, diuretic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-histamine, expectorant, anti-hemorrhagic, vasoconstrictor, antacid
Organs or systems affected:  bladder, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin
Main medicinal uses:
  • draws out toxins
  • soothes respiratory tract
  • helps heal infections
  • treats acne, itchy rashes and insect bites
  • eases stomach pains
Counterindications: If taking prescribed blood thinner medication, avoid taking large doses of plantago



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