Spring herb Ribwort Plantain
Yesterday, to my surprise, I found a few green leaves of Ribwort Plantain. There is still plenty of snow in my garden so I was even more happy to find the first green herbs. This is my favourite plant for cough, hoarseness, throat ache. I pluck a leaf and chew it slowly. I feel the mucus from the plant and this mucus alongside with aucubin are the healing substances for the throat and not only. It could also help the irritated stomach or intestines. One could soak the leaf in cold water, leave it for an hour or over the night and drink the liquid. One should never pour boiling or hot water onto it, as the heat destroys mucilage.
I prefer it fresh. Very fresh, then it is mild. One does not feel the tannins.
For longer use, one can preserve its medical qualities by making ‘plantain honey’ - chopping leaves, mixing half/half with honey and keeping tightly closed in the fridge for at least a month. Even children take this medicine.
The fresh one I use for salad, herbal butter and in my green spring soup. Oh I am looking forwards to more fresh herbs!