This recipe for my plantain salve is easy and so rewarding. Used for bug bites, rashes, excema, poison ivy, acne, muscle rub, dry skin, and even, in a pinch, as a cooking oil to grease a pan. (it was actually tested out on a camping trip)
First, go somewhere along pathways, away from roads that will be littered with exhaust fumes and pollution and start picking.
I pick enough to pack fill a large crockpot.
Take the plantain leaves home and wash them and dry them thoroughly.
If you want to cut it up, feel free. Otherwise, fill your crock.
Next add coconut oil. This can be a bit pricey so look for your coconut oils on sale. Make sure it is unrefined!!!
Use about 3 kg's of coconut oil per large crock pot filed with plantain leaves.
Set to warm and let sit over night.
The next morning, strain the oil from the leaves using a cheese cloth and then squeeze as much of the excess oil from it.
Pour oil back into the crock pot and set to low.
Add about 1 cup of bees wax and mix until melted.
Add 1 tablespoon of Pure vitamin E oil
Turn heat off.
Prepare 40z mason jars by adding 1-3 drops of essential oils of your choosing. (I'm a sucker for a mix of frankincense and lavender) (I'd buy 2 cases of jars to be sure)
Pour contents of crock into jars and seal.
If you do not want such a big batch, feel free to cut it down. There just happens to always be enough people to pass this around too, trade and barter with or sell.
Use on all your skin conditions! I even use it as a muscle rub, massage and on my face. In a pinch you can use this as a cooking oil. We were camping and one of friends is vegetarian so the bacon grease in the cast iron wasn't going to work for her. We had another cast iron pan, added about a tsp of the salve and it was actually quite lovely. The lavender essential oils evaporated and the flavour was beautiful with the eggs. Make sure you trust your oils....research them and check that they are ingestible...if they aren't, I wouldn't use them but that is completely your choice.
Don't want to use a crock pot? Stuff a jar loosely with plantain and add coconut or olive oil and leave in the sun for a few days.
Alternatively,you could use beef tallow as your oil. Use what works for you, what you're happy with. It's about freedom of choice...you actually HAVE the FREEDOM to CHOOSE.
Recipes are going to vary from meals to medicines. It's all about healing from the inside out because we truly are what we eat. What's the point? Well, gardening and foraging for your own foods, shopping local and no processed garbage or pharmaceuticals for what ails you? I think that's enough of point, don't you?
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