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DIY Plantain Salve (Common Yard Weed) for Itches and Burns

Making your own Plantain Salve is an easy way to make a natural relief salve for your family using a common yard weed! Plantain leaves (aka Plantago major) is found in North America, Europe and Asia! It’s very likely you have some in your yard or neighborhood right now. Plantain leaves have amazing medicinal benefits including being an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant. They are even edible and can be eaten in a salad or made into tea. My favorite use for plantain leaves is to stop itchies from mosquito bites which are very common around here and this is where the salve comes in handy! I would rather use this natural salve than another product with yucky ingredients. Instead of making the salve, you can actually mash up some plantain leaves (maybe add some spit!) and rub it right on the bite while you’re outside. I found the salve to be a nicer alternative to leaves and spit. It’s a great project to do with the kids and it really comes in handy during the summer with bug bites and sunburns. You’ll want to pick your leaves from an area that has not been treated with pesticides. Plantain comes in wide leaf and thin leaf. I prefer the wide leaf if you can find it, but both will work!

Send your kids out on a mission to pick plantain leaves. Bring them inside (rinse if you want) and let dry. You’ll want to dehydrate them to avoid mold. Leaving them out on a cookie sheet on your covered porch for a few days would be perfect (give a stir daily), if not, dehydrate using your oven on its lowest temperature. After your leaves are free of moisture, they’ll be easy to break up and then put them in a mason jar. You’ll want at least half a pint jar of broken, dried leaves. The amount of leaves isn’t too important, you just need enough to infuse the oil. If you have a lot of leaves, use a quart jar! Fill the rest of the jar with oil (I use oil olive) and let sit for at least 2 weeks, but you can certainly let it go longer. This last batch infused for months as you can see from the dark green oil! After infusing, strain out your leaves and measure your oil.

What you need:

  • Dried plantain leaves
  • Oil (I use Olive Oil – infused with leaves!)
  • Beeswax
  • Essential Oil (optional)
  • Jar or tins for storage

 

In a pot, I mix 4 parts infused oil with 1 part beeswax. So if you have 8 ounces of oil, use 2 ounces of beeswax. Turn on low heat and stir until beeswax is melted. You could also use a double boiler to melt the beeswax and then mix with oil. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. If you want to add essential oil, now is the time. I used Tea Tree oil because of its benefits as an antiseptic and treating wounds. You can use other essential oils of your choice for added benefit and scent. I usually use one drop of oil per ounce of oil/beeswax. For instance, for 8 ounces of oil and 2 ounces of beeswax, I would use about 10 drops of EO, but you can add more or less to your liking. Stir in your essential oil and slowly pour into a jar or small tins. It’ll quickly harden and you’ll have a beautiful salve! It’s ready to use as soon as it cools. Just get some on your finger and rub it on your itch or ouchie.

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