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Ribwort (Plantain)Plantago major


Family: Plantaginaceae

---Synonyms---Plantain, Greater Plantain, waybread, round-leaved plantain,common plantain, ribwort, ripple grass, snake weed

--Parts Used---Leaves or aerial parts

Active Compounds:

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.

--Medicinal Actions and Uses---

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.

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