Medicinal plant used in case of cough , to disinfect the respiratory tract, it can be found in infusion (tea), capsule or syrup .


Name in Portuguese: tanchagem, transagem, tansagem, tranchagem, plantago
Binomial name: Plantago lanceolata L.
The term Plantago comes from the Latin and means “plant of the foot” and lanceolata means “spear-shaped”.
French name: plantain lancéolé , plantain or oreille de lièvre
English name: plantain
German name: Wegerich ,  Spitz-Wegerich
Italian name: piantaggine
Spanish name : Llantén minor, siete venas




Iridoid glycosides, mucilages, tannins, flavonoids, saponins, essential oils

parts used

Dried leaves, roots, plant juice.


Anti-cough, anti-inflammatory, bechic, expectorant, external antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibiotic, antibacterial


Internal use
Cough (dry or productive) , bronchitis , fever

External use
Wounds , injuries, insect bites

Secundary effects

we do not know


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– Plantain infusion (tanchagem tea)

– plantain syrup

– Tanching capsule

– fresh juice

Where does the plantain grow?

Plantain grows in Europe, but also in other continents (America , Asia, Africa). It is a perennial plant, which means it can live for several years. In Europe, we find plantain on roads (including on the banks), meadows and on the edges of sidewalks. In the Alps, there is another species of plantain called Plantago alpina . The plantain reaches a height of between 10 and 50 cm.

When to harvest plantain?

We can harvest plantain leaves and stems in the spring This plant blooms in Europe from May to October. In the Alps, it is possible to find plantain at an altitude of 2,300 m. Flowering occurs in Europe in general from April to October.


– This medicinal plant is very useful in case of cough. You can make your medicine based on plantain, like a syrup , at home, or you can buy it ready-made at a pharmacy. Its beneficial effect (which cures cough) is already more than proven. The compounds of this plant (iridoids) are effective in case of productive cough.

– It is also possible to use plantain externally to treat wounds and wasp stings (just apply a plantain leaf to the affected part).

– In cases of hives due to contact with nettles, the application of plantain leaves relieves pain very effectively.

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