Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

In times of shortage after the two world wars and during the global economic crisis, lettuce made from wild ribwort was a popular substitute for unaffordable or unavailable greens.

After insect bites, the ribwort, ground and applied to the sting, has a cooling or pain-relieving effect. The same applies to nettle stings. The leaves can also be applied to open wounds as a healing agent. It can be also used in neurodermitis and other infections of the skin.

It is also used against catarrh of the respiratory system and inflammatory changes in the lining of the mouth and throat.

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