Ribwort Plantain assumes foreign roles in two ways. At first sight you might think you are looking at a grass and, as with all grasses, the scentless, spikelet-like flower is in fact pollinated by the wind. On closer inspection one might also take the whole plant for a large green flower. In older plants a kind of tuber forms directly above the ground. From this tuber or storage tissue the first long leaves grow, which are coloured yellowish-red at the base. In cross section the plant has the appearance of a receptacle with petals growing from it. Moreover, the leaves are the part of the plant that bewitch you with their sweet perfume as soon as they are crushed.
Thus, as "leaf flower", Ribwort Plantain specifically influences inflammation in the bronchial region: leaves and bronchi are located at the centre of the plant and the human being, respectively, and thus correspond to each other. Flowers, on the other hand, correspond to the human metabolic processes and thus help to regulate excessive metabolic processes such as inflammation.
Ribwort Plantain is contained in WALA remedies for coughs and catarrhal inflammatory disorders of the airways. For example, Plantago Bronchial Balm* is used to relieve dry irritating coughs and to promote expectoration.
* Prescribing information for the preparations mentioned (the indications are derived from the anthroposophical understanding of man and nature):
Plantago Bronchialbalsam (bronchial balm)
Indications: Catarrhal, inflammatory disorders of the airways.
Warning: Breast feeding mothers should not apply the preparation in the region of the breasts. Wool fat can cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
* For information on risks and side-effects please read the pack insert and ask your doctor or pharmacist.