Plantago major. It blooms in spring and is named after the five ribs of its leaves. In Crete, we find four varieties of the herb called pentaneuro. Its leaves are edible but a little hard, so we mainly pick the young, tender, fresh leaves and remove the stalks. They taste as bitter as spinach. The leaves when dried become a good tea. The herb acts as an expectorant, emollient, astringent, and diuretic. It has very interesting healing properties. It acts as a mild expectorant, while at the same time soothing inflamed and irritated membranes. It is good for coughs and mild bronchitis. Its astringency makes it beneficial for diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and cystitis when there is bleeding.
“Herbs are not drugs, they do not constitute therapy or replace any treatment. They are part of eating habits so that through their use they may enhance the effects of therapy”.