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Plantain Salve Recipe, A Versatile Herbal Remedy

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Plantain Salve is the perfect starter recipe for budding herbalist or for those that seek products with natural ingredients.

If you seek a holistic approach to alleviate various skin discomforts, you’ve landed on the perfect page. In this article, we’ll share easy-to-follow instructions on how to make your own plantain salve. A potent homemade remedy renowned for its therapeutic properties.

Plantain Salve, is actually the first herbal product I ever made.

Plantain Salve Recipe, A Versatile Herbal Remedy

When our daughter was just a toddler, she was stung by a dirt-dauber and screaming her head off. Dirt-daubers typically don’t sting people but it got caught under her shirt.

I didn’t have any raw honey on hand, so I quickly grabbed a piece of plantain out of the yard. Chewed it up (very bitter) and pressed the chewed-up wad on her sting. Within seconds, she stopped crying and ready to play again. I was sold.

Plantain Salve Recipe

I use our homemade plantain salve recipe in place of store-bought first aid ointment, such as Neosporin. Neosporin has Petrochemicals as its main ingredient. Not sure about you, but the last place I want petrochemicals is on a wound.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh plantain leaves OR 1/2 cup dried plantain leaves
  • 1 cup carrier oil (such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil)
  • 2-3 tablespoons beeswax pellets or grated beeswax
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance (lavender or tea tree oil works well)

Equipment:

  • Double boiler or makeshift double boiler (a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water).
  • Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
  • Clean glass jars or tins for storing the salve.

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Plantain Leaves: If using fresh plantain leaves, wash them thoroughly and pat them dry. If using dried plantain leaves, no additional preparation is needed.
  2. Infuse the Oil: Place the plantain leaves and carrier oil in the top part of your double boiler or heatproof bowl. Heat gently over low to medium heat for about 1-2 hours. You want the oil to be infused with the beneficial properties of the plantain leaves. Keep an eye on it and stir occasionally to prevent burning.
  3. Strain the Oil: Once the oil is infused, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly. Strain the oil through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a clean bowl or container to remove the plantain leaves. Press down on the leaves to extract as much oil as possible.
  4. Add Beeswax: Return the infused oil to the double boiler or heatproof bowl. Add the beeswax pellets or grated beeswax to the oil. Heat gently over low heat until the beeswax is completely melted, stirring occasionally to combine.
  5. Optional: Add Essential Oil: If desired, add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to the mixture for fragrance and added benefits. Stir well to combine.
  6. Pour into Containers: Once the beeswax is fully melted and the mixture is well combined, carefully pour the salve into clean glass jars or tins for storage. Allow the salve to cool and solidify before sealing the containers with lids.
  7. Label and Store: Label the jars or tins with the name of the salve and the date it was made. Store the salve in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Properly stored, it should last for several months.

Where Can You Apply Plantain Salve?

You can apply plantain salve to various skin areas, such as cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, chigger bites, and minor burns, for soothing relief and accelerated healing.

52 Weeks Wild Herbal Adventure

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The information provided in “Wild Herbal Adventures: Exploring Nature’s Pharmacy, One Week at a Time” is intended for informational purposes only. My Homestead Life, LLC or its authors (Steve Detmer, Amber Bradshaw), does not assume responsibility or accountability for any actions, decisions, or consequences that may result from using the information presented in this course. It is essential to consult with qualified professionals or conduct thorough research before applying any herbal knowledge or practices to ensure their safety and suitability for your specific circumstances.

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