Plantago major (broad leaf)
ribwort plantain (P. lanceolata)
One of my favorite herbs:
fresh or dried leaves and roots, and seeds
soothing gentle expectorant good for coughs and mild bronchitis; helpful for diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and cystitis with bleeding; one of the primary healing herbs used for many topical issues
Cautions/ Interactions/ Side Effects:
no known side effects or drug interactions have been reported at the time of this posting
How to Grow:
Harvesting: The tender young leaves of plantain may be eaten in salads or cooked like spinach. Leaves can be used fresh or dried for medicinal purposes. The dried seeds can be grinned into a flour for baking.
plantain is usually free from pests and diseases
when wild-crafting, avoid plants by roadways and other highly polluted areas and any from dog parks 🙂
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