Soothing & Healing Plantain and Jewelweed Ointment Recipe
3 oz fresh
Plantain leaves (or 1-1/2 oz dried powdered leaves)
3 oz fresh
12 oz oil (sweet almond, coconut, olive, or vegetable)
2 tbsp Pure Lanolin
Pure beeswax to thicken to desired consistency
Pure Wintergreen and Lavender oils for their fragrant natures.
(The methyl salicylate in the Wintergreen also
acts as an analgesic.)
Finely chop fresh herbs; if using dried plantain, grind the dried herb in a mortar and pestle
or spice grinder. Pour
oil into a double boiler, or small crock pot. I would not recommend a pan
directly over heat, as it would be very easy to burn the oil. Add the herb
materials to the oil, and simmer on lowest setting for a minimum
of 4-6 hours. It is important to try to maintain an oil temperature of
about 100 - 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Strain the oil through cheesecloth, fine coffee filter,
Retain a small amount of oil in a separate bowl, just in case your
finished ointment is too thick. Melt the Lanolin into the main pot of oil.
Stir until completely dissolved. Slowly add grated beeswax a little at a time to the
main pot of oil, until the desired consistency is reached. I usually stir
in 1 - 2 oz of wax until dissolved, then touch the back of a spoon into the
oil, and let the spoon cool. I then check the consistency of the ointment,
if it is too thin, add more wax, if too thick, add a little of the oil you
retained in the beginning. And finally stir in the desired amount of the
Wintergreen and Lavender Oils.
Pour the ointment into a jar or tin, and store in the refrigerator until
needed. This ointment is very effective for insect bites or stings, blisters, cuts, scrapes, or just
about any skin ailments. I have yet to find a better remedy for insect bites or
Passive oil infusion method: Place herbs in a mason jar, and cover with
oil. Cover the jar, and leave in a sunny location for two weeks. After the
two weeks, follow the steps above to strain and thicken the ointment.