The Plantago herbs were used by people since ancient times.
With over 200 of species included, they can be found in almost every yard hidden among other herbs, in meadows and forests with no trees.
For its growth, they do not require any special conditions. All the water they need, are getting it from the rain.
These are the two major ones among the other plantago species:
Male – Plantago Lanceolata and Female – Plantago Major
They differ by the shape of their leaves.
In the leaf from plantago is contained around 6.5% mucous material in the form of polysaccharides, tannins, coumarin eskuletin, flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin and skutelarein). There are also present some minerals like zinc and potassium. Plantago also acts as antiseptic, diuretic, bactericidal and bacteriostatic.
Plantago usage as a medicament
The drug that usually contains plantago, is commonly used to treat respiratory diseases, asthma, bronchitis, cough and flu.
Tea from the leaves of plantago is suitable for children as it is delicious and if necessary can be sweeten with sugar or honey.
It is also used for inflammation or ulcers in the stomach or intestines. It is also very useful for diseases of the liver and bladder and against the creation of sand and stones in the kidneys.
Fresh leaves previously crushed are used as coatings, directly applied on the wound spot, caused by insect stings or snake bites.
The juice of fresh leaves prevents bleeding and accelerate wound healing.