Plant family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain family)
Part used: whole or top
Historical commentary: Plantain has been used since ancient times as a treatment for bronchitis and topically for skin inflammation and infections.
Anticattharal: resolves mucus congestion of the respiratory tract.
Anti-inflammatory: reduces inflammation of the oral mucosa.
Modern findings: Plantain has been shown to have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic actions. Aucubin, one of its constituents, is being studied for liver protective effects.
Dosage: 3-6 grams.
Active constituents: There are iridoid glycosides, mainly aucubin and catalpol, which contribute to the anti-inflammatory action. There are also phenolic compounds and tannins that may contribute to the antiseptic action.
Cautions: none known.
Künzle Formula: Tea for Colds.