Plantain and how to create an herbal oil.
This beautiful herb grows wild around here, it’s all over the fields at the school next door, and the grave yard across the street, in the cracks of the sidewalk in my daily walks.
I choose not to pick those plantain because you never know what is in the soil. Instead I took a hike along our beautiful Yuba River and wild harvested some.
Plantain is a great skin healing herb. It draws out infection and aids in knitting the skin back together quickly. It is a natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial, it’s astringent and aids in drying out, but also a demulcent so it is not overly drying. I like to use it for burns, bug bites, poison oak, sunburn, cuts, scrapes, and acne.
I’m going to share with you how to create an herbal oil with plantain follwed by a skin healing balm, to make with your oil, on next weeks blog.
1 cup mason jar with lid
1 cup organic sunflower oil
Plantain leaf, to fill your jar
You can use freshly harvested plantain
or hang it out to dry for a few days to reduce the water content.
Drying your herb will leave less room for bacterial growth.
Cut up your herb,
put into mason jar,
fill with oil just
to about 1/2 inches below the top,
cap, label and date and shake.
I like to leave this in a sunny window sill for a light solar infusion for 1-4 weeks, shaking once a day. Strain your herb out of your oil and save the oil in a clean, labeled container for future use.
Next week… how to use your oil in a healing balm.