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Plantain Salve Recipe (Homemade First Aid Ointment)

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Plantain Salve Recipe (Homemade First Aid Ointment)

Post by AlleyRose on Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:20 pm



It’s a weed . . . it’s a banana . . . no . . it’s . . .

Plantain – the most useful “weed” in your backyard! If you’ve ever secretly wanted to be Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, give this a try: The next time your little one comes to you with an owie – say a wasp sting on her eyebrow for example – kiss it until the stinging stops. Then go on your way, completely forgetting about it until she wakes up looking like she went three rounds with Rocky Balboa.
Oops. So, in this **purely theoretical** situation, here’s what you would do next: Head out into the backyard and begin gathering “medicine” with your little one. Relish the way she takes it in with wide eyes. Are you feeling the Medicine Woman vibe? Good. Now pick a leaf, pop it into your mouth, and chew – then stick the green wad right on the sting. What, NO??? Well, for the record, it works. But if you want something a bit more, uh, not gross, you can use the plantain salve recipe below.

Plantain – A Versatile “First Aid” Ointment

Plantain, which goes by the same name as the close relative of the banana, is sometimes called the “band aid” plant. Thanks to the presence of iridoids, it has a very soothing, anti-inflammatory effect on skin. (source) It also contains aglycone and aucubigenin, which have documented antimicrobial activity. (source)

 Plantain is considered helpful for:



  • Bee/wasp stings

  • Spider bites

  • Mosquito and other bug bites

  • Poison ivy/poison oak/sumac (this remedy using plantain and jewelweed is great)

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Sunburn

  • Diaper rash


Backyard Treasure Hunting: How to find plantain

If you don’t have access to an area that has not been sprayed with pesticides, you canfind dried plantain here. Or if you prefer not to make your own, you can find plantain salve with goldenseal here.

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Plantain Salve Recipe

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients



  • 1 cup fresh plantain leaves gathered from an area that has not been sprayed with chemicals, chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil or melted coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon grated beeswax, tightly packed

  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon rosemary or tea tree essential oil OR vitamin E oil, optional


A note on preservatives

To preserve the freshness of the salve and inhibit microbial growth, most people use grapefruit seed extract. I don’t, and this is the reason why. According to renowned herbalist Susun Weed, “Infused oils in an olive oil base resist rancidity at cool room temperature for several years.”  However, because plantain leaves contain some water, it’s important to follow a few guidelines to prevent mold:


  • Only use very dry leaves

  • Make sure your jar is also very dry

  • If you are infusing for several weeks, make sure to fill the jar all the way to the top with oil. This will inhibit mold.


Quick Version

1. Harvest your leaves on a dry, sunny day. Pull off any parts that look sick or diseased and brush off dirt with a dry cloth if needed.


2. Chop leaves or grind them in a food processor.


3. Place ground leaves in a clean, dry pint mason jar and cover with oil. The oil should completely cover the leaves.


4. Place a kitchen towel in the bottom of your crockpot and place your jars inside. Add enough water to cover about half the jar and set to the lowest setting for 12-24 hours. I set mine to warm.


5. If desired, give the oil a quick whir with an immersion blender to release more of the plant into the oil. Keep in mind that if you do this too much you will end up with tiny bits of plantain in your salve.


6. Strain the oil through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve. Let the oil sit for several hours. If there is any water in the oil (from the plantain leaves). it will collect in the bottom of the jar. Removing water extends the shelf life of the salve.

7. Now that you’re plantain oil is ready, gently heat the beeswax in a double boiler. When it is melted, add the plantain oil while taking care not to pour in any water that may have collected at the bottom of the jar.  Stir until thoroughly mixed. If you’re adding essential oils, wait until the mixture has cooled a bit and then stir them in.


8. Pour your salve into a clean, dry container and allow to cool. Now you’re ready for the next bug attack, bee sting, or brush with poison ivy!


Slow Version

1. Harvest your leaves on a dry, sunny day. Pull off any parts that look sick or diseased and brush off dirt with a dry cloth if needed.
2. Chop leaves or grind them in a food processor.
3. Place ground leaves in a clean, dry pint mason jar and cover with oil. The oil should completely cover the leaves (with room for the leaves to expand a bit) and go all the way to the top of the jar.
4. Allow jar to sit for 4-6 weeks at room temperature.
5. Strain the oil through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve.
6. Now that you’re plantain oil is ready, gently heat the beeswax in a double boiler. When it is melted, add the plantain oil while taking care not to pour in any water that may have collected at the bottom of the jar. Stir until thoroughly mixed. If you’re adding essential oils, wait until the mixture has cooled a bit and then stir them in.
7. Pour your salve into a clean, dry container and allow to cool. Now you’re ready for the next bug attack, bee sting, or brush with poison ivy!
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