Once upon a time, in Upper Normandy, lived a tailor who had sold his soul to the Devil ...
... And for ten years, the Devil offered the tailor goods and treasures of all kinds. In return, after ten years, he would take possession of his property! However, the agreement stated that if the tailor could make a seam so thin that the Devil’s eyes could not see it, he would get his soul back and go on with his life. The tailor who was afraid of losing his soul and be damned, asked for help from the fairies who were very numerous at that time in the country. One of them gathered herbs, sewed them together with stitches so fine that on the fateful day, Satan failed to see the stiches. And since that time in Britanny and elsewhere we call plantain: the five seam herb (Plantago lanceolata).
Babka is the Slavic name of plantain in reference to "grandmother of the people ", who were guardians of knowledge of folk medicine. Across Europe, people are convinced that plantain protects against snake bites simply by attaching it to their pants. In the Larousse Medical 1972 edition it says that plantain juice has antipyretic properties that is effective against viper bites. It is suggested to simply rub the plantain leaf and juice on a nettle or wasp sting to take away the pain and itching. In the last century, in stagecoaches, a small jar filled with a bunch of plantain was used to protect travelers.
Plantago major L. and P. lanceolata L. are perennial plants with little rose-like leaves at their base. Their richness in active compounds (polysaccharides, mucilage, iridoids, flavonoids, tannins etc.) brings many virtues including: anti-inflammatory, antitussive, mucolytic, antihistamines and spasmolytics. The fresh plant is antibacterial and immunomodulating, analgesic, homeostatic, and healing. Plantain is very helpful in cases of gastritis, ulcers, colitis.
La Clef des Champs Plantain Syrup
For winter ailments (cold, flu, cough, sore throat and all respiratory inflammation of laryngitis type, tonsillitis, bronchitis, etc.), La Clef des Champs offers its "Plantain Syrup" in organic glycerin ideally formulated in synergy with: echinacea (immunostimulatory and antiviral), marshmallow (emollient and soothing), mullein (anti-catarrhal and diaphoretic) which opens the respiratory tracks, and finally pine tree (with its expectorant and tonic essential oil).
This syrup is ideal for children and adults, and can either be taken as a hot drink or undiluted. It will delight your taste buds and kill your virus and bacteria. La Clef des Champs, thank you for this beautiful organic product from Quebec.
- Morel J.M., 2008, Traité de phytothérapie, Édition Granger, 618p.
- Pierre M. & Lis M., 1992, Au bonheur des plantes, Édition Le pré aux clercs, 476p.