Plantago Lanceolata – A Gripping Herbal Tale: Eir and Flink Part 1

Herbalist Eir with her dog Flink, who got a rattling cough explore herbal remedies based on plantago lanceolata, ribwort.
March 25, 2023

Plantago lanceolata
​Once upon a time in the small village of Hanlinna, nestled among lush forests and rolling hills, there lived a herbalist named Eir. Eir was renowned throughout the land for her vast knowledge of medicinal plants and the healing remedies she created. She lived in a quaint little cottage with her loyal dog, Flink, an aging Norwegian Buhund who had been her faithful companion for many years.

One day, as the first golden leaves of autumn began to fall, Flink developed a troubling cough that rattled his body and seemed to sap his energy.
Concerned for her companion, Eir consulted her books and realized Flink was suffering from bronchitis, a condition of the airways that could become quite serious if left untreated. Eir knew she needed to act quickly to help Flink recover, but her usual remedies seemed to have little effect on his persistent cough.

Eir ventured deep into the forest in her quest for a solution, hoping to find a plant that might hold the key to Flink’s recovery. The forest was a haven of natural wonders and undiscovered secrets, and Eir knew that if there was any place she could find the answer, it was here.

Flink, the Norwegian Buhund, Photo by Urpo Mustapää,

Flink, the Buhund

At first Flink was sleeping all day long with no good appetite…

Plantago lanceolata-ribwort plantain  Photo by Doraja,

Plantago lanceolata - Ribwort

Eir prepared a herbal remedy using the Plantago lanceolata leaves

As she wandered deeper, she stumbled upon a patch of Plantago lanceolata, also known as ribwort plantain. It was a humble plant, often overlooked, but Eir recalled reading about its healing properties. She carefully harvested some of the leaves, confident that this natural plant might be Flink’s salvation.

Back at her cottage, Eir meticulously prepared a herbal concoction using the Plantago lanceolata leaves, mixing them with honey and a few other ingredients she believed would help soothe Flink’s inflamed airways. Once the remedy was ready, she gently coaxed Flink to take small sips, hoping for the best.

Over the next few days, Flink’s condition began to improve. The cough that had tormented him started to subside, and he regained some of his old energy. Eir continued administering the Plantago lanceolata mixture, watching with relief as her loyal companion slowly recovered.

Eir continued administering the Plantago lanceolata mixture, watching with relief as her loyal companion slowly recovered. The transformation was nothing short of miraculous, and the once quiet and somber atmosphere in the cottage was gradually replaced with an air of hope and vitality. Flink’s tail, which had hung limply during the worst of his illness, began wagging enthusiastically once more as he greeted each new day with renewed strength.

As Flink’s health improved, Eir found herself reflecting on the power of nature and the often-overlooked healing properties of plants. She marveled at how such a simple, unassuming herb had the ability to bring about such a dramatic change, and she felt a deep sense of gratitude for the wisdom of the earth.

With Flink by her side, Eir felt inspired to continue her work and explore even more of the forest’s hidden treasures, knowing that each new discovery had the potential to bring healing and hope to those who needed it most. Their journey together served as a constant reminder that the natural world held countless secrets, waiting to be uncovered by those willing to seek them out.

As the autumn days grew shorter and the air grew cooler, Flink’s health was fully restored. The villagers of Hanlinna, who had been worried about their beloved herbalist and her faithful companion, rejoiced at Flink’s recovery. News of Eir’s success with the Plantago lanceolata remedy spread throughout the village and beyond, bringing hope to other dog owners who faced similar challenges.

With Flink by her side once more, Eir continued her work, and her reputation as a skilled healer further solidified. Her discovery of the healing properties of the unassuming ribwort plantain not only saved her best friend but also brought newfound knowledge and relief to the people of Hanlinna and beyond.

And so, life in the small village returned to its peaceful rhythm. Eir and Flink spent their days exploring the forest, seeking out new plants and remedies to share with those in need. Together, they continued to be a beacon of hope and healing for all who sought their help.

In the golden light of the autumn sun, the bond between Eir and Flink grew even stronger. They had weathered the storm of Flink’s illness, and their hearts were filled with gratitude for the healing powers of nature that had brought them back together.

Hanlinna map - created by Ellen

Map of Hanlinna

This is how the landscape of Hanlinna looks like….

As the years passed, their story became a testament to the enduring power of love, friendship, and the incredible healing properties hidden within the simplest of plants.

In time, the tale of Eir and Flink’s journey of recovery became a cherished piece of folklore in Hanlinna, passed down through generations.

The humble Plantago lanceolata, once overlooked, now held a special place in the hearts of the villagers, serving as a symbol of hope, resilience, and the unbreakable bond between a loving herbalist and her loyal dog.

Flink - feeling very well

Flink - feeling very well 🙂

Photo by Urpo Mustapää at

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