Saturday, 1 October 2011

Ointment From Weeds!

 I make an ointment from Plantain which is a common weed.  I am no expert, I am just fiddling around with it but you might like to have a play with it as well.  Nature never ceases to amaze me and Plantain is such a useful plant which most people would regard as an annoying weed!

My poor mother long ago learned not to regard anything as a weed in my garden after she pulled out a healthy dandelion that I had been nurturing for ages!


After picking a couple of cups of plantain, wash it well. 

Chop finely and put in the top of a double boiler.  Cover with oil.  I like using sweet almond oil but there any many others you could use.  Heat gently for quite a while.  The oil will go green.

I used the slow cooker this time, but I wasn't happy with it because it got too hot.  You don't want to cook the plantain - just slowly heat the oil so that you don't destroy the properties of the plantain.  The double boiler works much better.

A lovely patch of plantain!

Strain the oil into a clean saucepan and add 15 to 20 grams of beeswax and stir until it melts, then pour into jars to set.  I keep my ointment in the fridge.  

It is great for cuts, scratches and insect bites etc.  Last week, Miss Eight came and showed me a red patch of skin that was broken and weeping.  I'm not sure if it is eczema or dermatitis but I have begun applying this ointment and it is healing nicely!


Kim said...

There must be something good in plantain because if I take our goats for a walk, it is the first plant they run to. An interesting post.

Linda said...

Kim, that's really funny that you said that because, when I went to do this post I went to my best plantain patch. Hubby had tethered one of the goats nearby the day before and it was trashed! You must be right - something good in it for them.

Evi said...

Linda, I've made plantain ointment and I steeped the leaves in the oil for a couple of weeks. I just left it on the sunny kitchen window sill and checked it every now and again to make sure it wasn't going mouldy.
I've made chickweed ointment in the same way using apricot kernel oil and both of them are fantastic for skin ailments.
Isn't it an awesome feeling to make your own??

Argentum Vulgaris said...

Great stuff, I have added it to the Apothecary Page on my blog:

Linked to your blog post. I have used one of your images, also credited.


Linda said...

AV, I'm glad you liked the post and I appreciate you letting me know. Thank you.