- Aug 21, 2015
If you click the image, you land on my blog post about this stuff.
Plantain (Plantago Major / Plantago Lanceolate) is about the most useful "weed" you'll ever find.
Not only is it completely safe to use on pretty much any skin condition, it's...free. And it grows pretty much anywhere. (The Native Americans used to call it "White Man's Foot", because anywhere the settlers went, this herb sprang up.)
It's anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial.
Completely safe even if your cat ingests it.
It has a ton of uses, both internal and external.
You need to pick it before the first frost, that's the only thing. But those two 200ml tubs above? They generally last me a good 6 months. (A little goes a long way.)
...and I use it on myself, the horses, and the cats.
Rashes, sores, bruises, cuts, scrapes, scratches, bug bites, nettle stings, poison ivy, sunburn... even eczema. You name it, it will help heal and take out the sting, reduce itching and inflammation.
Since lots of my friends kept asking me how to make it, I took photographs this time and wrote this blog post. (My mum actually just ran off with a tub of it, because "It smells really nice and it feels really nice on the skin" -- never mind the healing properties of it, the main thing was "it smells nice" lol.)
And any "leftover" plantain you pick can be dried for an awesome tea that helps with sore throats and coughs, as well as bronchitis.
About the only investment you'd have to make is for some beeswax pellets, vaseline and Lavender oil.
But with that you can make tons of the stuff, bringing the cost down to next to nothing -- for the most useful pot of salve you could ever have.
(Come to think of it, you could probably make shampoo / soap with it, too.)