Plantain (Plantago major)

Plantain is also known as greater plantain, waybread, round-leaved plantain, Englishman’s foot, common plantain, ribwort, ripple grass and snake weed. The leaves of this plant act as a gentle expectorant while soothing inflamed and sore membranes, making it ideal for coughs and mild bronchitis. Its astringency aids in diarrhea, hemorrhoids and also in cystitis with bleeding.

An infusion is made by pouring a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leaving it for 10 minutes. This preparation can be used as a tea three times each day. An equivalent dose of tincture is 2-3ml TID. An ointment can be made that will aid the treatment of hemorrhoids and cuts.


Plantain (Plantago major) can help with the following


Current Smoker

Dr. Mary Cody found that plantain creates a natural aversion to tobacco when inhaled or ingested. In a 1992 study, 24 heavy smokers were given plantain tincture in a nasal spray and then instructed to smoke. More than 80% of the subjects

reported an aversion to tobacco shortly after receiving the dose, and the effect lasted as long as 24 hours for some of the


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Bronchitis, Acute

The leaves of this plant act as a gentle expectorant while soothing inflamed and sore membranes, making it ideal for coughs and mild bronchitis.


May do some good



A substance that promotes the removal of mucous from the respiratory tract.


Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes, frequently accompanied by cough, hypersecretion of mucus, and expectoration of sputum. Acute bronchitis is usually caused by an infectious agent and of short duration. Chronic bronchitis, generally the result of smoking, may also be known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Emphysema.


Excessive discharge of contents of bowel.


Varicose disorder causing painful swellings at the anus; piles.


Inflammation of the urinary bladder.


Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated, teas should be made with one teaspoon herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Tinctures may be used singly or in combination as noted. The high doses of single herbs suggested may be best taken as dried extracts (in capsules), although tinctures (60 drops four times per day) and teas (4 to 6 cups per day) may also be used.


An alcohol or water-alcohol solution, usually referring to a preparation from herbal materials.


Three times a day.

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