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!