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Ash
Bogbean
Comfrey
Dandelion
Dock
Elder
Houseleek
Ivy
Mallow
Nettle
Ribwort plantain
Thyme
Yarrow
Ribwort plantain
Plantago lanceolata
Ribwort plantain
Common herbaceous plant growing in most grassy places.

'Ribgrass is chewed and put on a wound to stop bleeding.'
Daingean, Co. Offaly, 1985

Ribwort plantain
'Fresh leaves are known as an emergency dressing. They should be crushed between the fingers and applied to the wound. Washed in boiling water and crushed they can be used as a poultice on badly healing wounds and varicose ulcers.'
Felmersham, Bedfordshire, 1993

The use of plantain species to treat cuts has also been recorded from Peru and it is used to treat coughs and soothe insect bites. Practitioners of herbal medicine use it to treat numerous ailments, including bronchitis, inflammation of the middle ear and gastro-enteritis (inflammation of the stomach).





Cures featured in this exhibition and on the website should be used only with advice from a qualified medical herbalist.