Friday, 4 May 2012

Plantain/ Ribwort

 

Plantain  Plantago lanceolata

This is what I’ve found:

Apparently Plantain or Ribwort contains:  vitamins A, B, C and K, Calcium, Iron, Silica, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Selenium, Sodium, Zinc, Potassium and Sulphur.

Medicinal uses:  Laxative, Astringent, Diuretic, Expectorant, Hemostatic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Stomachic, Tonic, Antitussive, Vulnerary, Digestive.

Non-medical uses of ribwort plantain: Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked (Not really very nice)  The very young leaves are supposed to be somewhat better and are less fibrous. Seed - cooked. Used like sago. The seed can be ground into a powder and added to flours when making bread, cakes or whatever.

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