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Ribwort (Plantain)Plantago major
---Synonyms---Plantain, Greater Plantain, waybread, round-leaved plantain,common plantain, ribwort, ripple grass, snake weed
--Parts 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.