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Nature's Temple / Ribwort


(Plantago lanceolata)


This sour, slightly bitter herb is used as an astringent, demulcent and diuretic and is valuable for treating conditions of the respiratory tract.

Native to Europe, it has a long and traditional history of being used as a medicine dating back to Ancient Greek and Roman times.  Internally it has been traditionally used  internally in Bronchitis, Colds and Upper Respiratory Congestion.  Within clinical practice, it has been found that Ribwort is as effective as Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica), primarily in hayfever.

Parts Used:  Leaf

Active Constituents:

Phenolic acids (gallic, chlorogenic, cinnamic, caffeic acids), mucilage polysaccharides (mainly arabinose and galactose), iridoid glycosides (including aucubin and catalpol), tannins, silica, acteoside, aglycone aucubigein, five phentylethanoids, cistanosid, coumarins, saponins, flavonoids (apigenin and luteolin) and Minerals (zinc and potassium).

Main Actions:

  • Expectorant
  • Anticatarrhal (Promotes the reduction of Mucous)
  • Antibacterial
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Astringent
  • Demulcent
  • A Soothing Diuretic

Major Safety Issues:

Due to a lack of safety data for this plant is recommended to avoid during pregnancy.