Ribwort Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata): A Versatile Plant in Nature and Healing

Introduction to Ribwort Plantain

Ribwort Plantain, or Plantago Lanceolata, is a resilient herbaceous plant commonly found yet often overlooked.

Known for its elongated leaves and spike-like flowers, it’s more than just a common weed.

Commonly referred to as narrow leaf plantain, English plantain, ribleaf, and lamb’s tongue, this plant, like the Dandelion, is frequently misunderstood and undervalued.

My mission is to shed light on such plants and reveal their significance in our ecosystems, beyond the harmful perceptions pushed by the chemical industry.

The Healing Benefits of Ribwort Plantain

This plant is a powerhouse of natural remedies, functioning as an astringent, emollient, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and diuretic.

While I am not a medical professional, my experience in farming and permaculture has shown Ribwort Plantain’s effectiveness in treating toothaches, preventing infections, alleviating poison ivy, cuts, insect bites, rashes, and more.

It’s a testament to the healing power of high-nutrition, locally grown foods without the use of chemicals.

Nutritional Value of Ribwort Plantain

Ribwort Plantain is nutritionally rich and offers a variety of uses:


In spring, the young leaves are perfect for salads, similar to spinach.

As they mature, they become tougher and are better suited for soups and sauces.

A 100-gram serving contains significant amounts of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and beta-carotene.


The tender shoots, resembling a poor man’s fiddlehead, have a nutty, asparagus-like flavor.

Best pan-fried in olive oil, they offer a unique taste experience.


Once winnowed, the seeds can be ground into flour for baking or used as a rice alternative.

They are high in potassium and phosphorus, and when boiled in milk or used as a tea, they can help stop diarrhea.

Living in Eden: An Edible “Weed” Garden

The seeds of Ribwort Plantain provide food for both humans and wildlife, aligning with the World Permaculture Association’s motto of “A Food Garden In Every Heart.”

The vision of an Eden-like garden, where everything is edible, nutrient-rich, and chemical-free, is central to permaculture philosophy.

This approach encourages us to see the potential in every plant and utilize resources to their fullest, moving away from dependency on chemical solutions.


Ribwort Plantain is a plant of many talents, offering medicinal benefits, nutritional value, and an important role in sustainable and edible gardening practices.

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Giuseppe Tallarico

Discover how Giuseppe Tallarico, an agronomist dissatisfied with office life, transformed his passion for nature into a regenerative revolution. Leaving behind a career in the corporate sector, Giuseppe followed his heart towards permaculture. His transformation from a professional in quality and environmental fields to an innovator in regenerative agriculture has been an inspiring journey. Through founding the Urban Permaculture Laboratory and teaching, Giuseppe has created a lasting impact in the community and the world of permaculture. Join Giuseppe in his courses, consultancy work, and innovative projects to explore how you too can make a difference. Discover his blog articles, evoking images, sounds, and emotions, immersing you in the world of regenerative agriculture. Unlock Sustainable Solutions with Giuseppe Tallarico - Explore Here!