Plantago lanceolata

Ribwort Plantain - Plantago lanceolata

Family: Plantain Family (Plantaginaceae)
Common names: medicinal plantain, medicinal flower, hay feeder, dog ribs, laminae, lung leaf, ribwort, horse ribs, sheep tongue, snake tongue, seven ribs
Short description: Height 5 - 50 cm, common in fatty meadows
Flowers: 2 - 4 mm long with brownish edges
Leaves: basal rosette, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, 10 - 20 cm long, 0.7 - 2 cm wide
Roots:The richly branched root can reach up to 60 cm in depth.
Habitat: Greasy meadows, pastures, park turfs, oil fields, paths, fields
Collection time: from April to October leaves could be collected
Use: The plant contains many tannins, flavonoids, silica acid and has an antibacterial effect. It can be processed into tea, juice or syrup. Above all, the syrup is widely considered a good home remedy for cough. Fresh leaves help against insect bites when they are put on as porridge on the sting site. Fresh leaves of ribwort plantain can be finely cut in any salad and are also very delicious on bread and butter.

Cough syrup

Take fresh ribwort leaves (only collect intact, unbroken leaves, do not pick at the edge of the road or at "dog leashes"), in pieces ripen crumbled candies in about the same amount.

Lay the ribwort leaves with the candy alternately into the screw jars until they are completely full. Finish with a layer of candy. Now the glasses are closed and labeled with content and date of manufacture. Now you have to leave the whole thing for about three months, until the candy has completely liquefied. When the time comes, the syrup is drained through a sieve or pantyhose, the leaves are squeezed out. The finished syrup is then filled into suitable screw bottles and labeled. This syrup should be stable for about a year.