Plantain salves are used as moisturizers and to treat a host of skin conditions ranging from eczema to stretch marks. Plantain is an astringent herb, so it is topically used to treat bee stings, insect bites, scratches, burns and sores.
I like to combine comfrey and plantain into one beautiful, green salve. Together, they work to reduce a variety of skin irritations and encourage cell growth. The balm made from these two plants offers a remedy for stubborn diaper rashes, eczema, burns, and psoriasis.
Comfrey Plantain Salve
2 oz Comfrey leaves, dried
2 oz Plantain leaves, dried
2 oz Chickweed, dried (optional)
2 oz Chamomile, dried (optional)
1. Combine herbs in a glass mason jar.
2. Pour enough olive oil to cover the herbs, leaving 1/2 inch head space.
3. Leave on the counter to infuse for 4-6 weeks.
4. Strain oil through a cheesecloth. Reserve the herb-infused oil and compost the plant material. Repeat steps 1-4 two to three times for a double or triple infusion.
5. In a double boiler over very low heat, add the herbal oil and beeswax. Depending on how hard you’d like your salve, add 1-2 oz of beeswax per 8 oz of oil.
6. Add Vitamin E and stir.
7. Once melted, pour the mixture into small containers.
An herbal salve prepared in this fashion should keep in a cool, dark place for up to 5 years.