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Broadleaf plantain (Plantago major)

broadleaf plantain


blood purifying, healing, cooling, cough relieving, diuretic, astringent, dividing, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, antioxidant, liver strengthening, immunomodulating

Areas of application:

aching feet, inflammation all over the body, sore nipples, toothache, headache, earache, neuralgia, bed-wetting, has a particularly high number of antibiotic ingredients

Cough, bronchial mucus, to strengthen the lung tissue in heavy smokers, pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, to purify the blood, for rashes, weak stomach, anorexia, weak connective tissue, anemia, diffuse stomach problems, injuries, bruises, open wounds, severe headaches, unpleasant itching Insect bites and gelatinous stings, swelling, bruises, goiter, blisters on the feet

Plant parts used:

young leaves, seeds

Collection time:

May to September

To find:

Broadleaf plantain grows in gardens, lawns, backyards and along paths.


Fiber, mucilage, glycosides, aucubin, bitter substances, tannins, polyphenols


☕ Tea: Pour 1/4 liter of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried broadleaf plantain leaves or 1 tablespoon of fresh leaves, let it steep for 10 minutes, strain and drink.

The characteristic leaves of broadleaf plantain have a curled texture. The leaves are oval or almost round and have a stocky stem. The leaves grow in a rosette at the base of the plant and are 5 to 20 cm long. They have a wavy or smooth edge and five to nine parallel elastic veins. If you break the leaf in half and pull on it, you can easily see these elastic veins. The greenish-white flowers have purple stamens and grow on densely packed stems to a height of 15 to 45 cm. The flowers are tiny and are mostly hidden by the greenish-brown sepals and bracts. The flowering stems rise high above the foliage. The plants produce many tiny, bitter-tasting seeds.

The broad plantain can be used like the ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata).

In the kitchen you can use the broad plantain leaves in a salad or in soups and stews.

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