Plantain leaves have anti microbial properties and helps prevent skin infections. It has therefore been used since ancient times in the treatment of skin diseases rashes etc. In fact plantain leaves are useful in the treatment of not just common rashes and allergies they are effectively used in treating eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, poison ivy reaction etc. Plantain tea can be prepared easily and can be used against infections. One more simple yet wonderful way of using plantain at home is by making a salve which is very effective in the treatment of skin irritations. You can either use only plantain leaves to make the salve or combine it with other herbs like comfrey, calendula ,rosemary etc
Mentioned Below Are Two Simple Methods Of Making Healing Plantain Salve For Skin Irritations:
1. Basic Plantain Salve Recipe:
One cup of plantain leaves, one cup of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles.
Take the plantain leaves and crush them using a pestle and mortar. Place these crushed leaves in a jar. Pour the olive oil on these leaves and stir well. Close the jar and allow it to stand for 15 days. Make sure that you keep stirring the ingredients on a regular basis. After 15 days filter the mixture through a fine cotton cloth or muslin cloth and keep the infused oil aside. Now on a double boiler melt the beeswax. Remove the container containing the beeswax from the boiler once the beeswax pastilles have melted completely. Add the infused oil to the melted beeswax and mix well. Pour the mixture in a clean jar and let it cool completely. Once the salve has cooled, close the jar with a lid. You can use this homemade salve for skin irritations.
2. Plantain and Comfrey Salve Recipe:
Like plantain leaves, comfrey leaves can also be used effectively in the treatment of several skin infections. The salve prepared by the combination of plantain and comfrey leaves is found to have very good antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used as an astringent.
Two cups of olive oil, one cup of plantain dry plantain leaves, one cup of dry comfrey leaves, four tablespoons of beeswax and few drops of rosemary essential oil
Take fresh plantain and comfrey leaves and dry them well in the sun. Crush these dried leaves using a pestle and mortar and mix both the leaves .Now pour the olive oil on the mixture of the crushed leaves and let it stand for 15 days. Make sure that you stir the mixture occasionally. If you want to prepare the infused oil in a day then instead of allowing the mixture to stand, boil it for three hours with stirring and then let it cool. Now strain the mixture and keep the infused oil aside. Melt the beeswax as explained in the first recipe.
Once the beeswax has melted add the oil infusion and mix well. Add the rosemary essential oil and again mix well. Let the mixture cool. You plantain and comfrey salve is ready. Use it as and when required for skin irritations. Instead of olive oil you can use other carrier oils like coconut oil, almond oil or even jojoba oil depending on your choice and availability. So next time you or your family suffers from skin irritation use this effective and easy to make salve recipes to get relief from the infections.
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