Tincture of freshly harvested Plantago leaves
~ Made from freshly harvested Plantago lanceolata
~ Organically grown
~ Botanical food supplement
~ Uses: earache, ear infections, glue ear, upper respiratory tract congestion, catarrh, sinusitis, tinnitus
Plantago lanceolata, or as it is more commonly known, Lance Leaf Plantain, can be found in all but the most acidic grasslands in Britain and many parts of Europe.
Plantago is a perennial herb and provides a nutritious food source to wildlife as well as agricultural animals. Culpepper, the well known herbalist, described the herb as both astringent and soothing. Some years later, Alfred Vogel also found Plantago to be one of the ‘undervalued’ plants used in healthcare.
How it works
Plantago contains mucilage, tannins and silicic acid. It is probably the mucilage which contributes most to the action of the plant. Plantago has the ability to reduce the amount of inflammation present in the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract.
It has been noted that plantain juice will not go mouldy during storage, although large amounts of sugar are present. It has been found that this is due to the presence of naturally occurring antibiotics. This may explain its action in conditions such as middle ear infections and glue ear.