Sunday, July 9, 2006

Plantain salve making

Last week I bought some organic olive oil, beeswax from the local beekeeper near where we live and picked some plantain and made salve. I followed a recipe I got off the internet and had a blast! I even had a friend over and we made a batch together. When I made it with my friend, we added tea tree oil (which is a good antiseptic and also preserves the salve), and cedarwood oil (which also repels insects). I made another batch the other day and added lavender oil to it.

I bought two small jars of baby food so that I could have a little jar to carry around with me and so that I could give some away to friends, to sample.

The salve turned out so good! I normally am so miserable when the mosquitos come out that I often will stay indoors just to avoid them and I love being outdoors. But not anymore, cause I know no matter how many times I am bit that I have a ready supply of plantain salve. I am NOT referring to plantain like you buy at the store that looks like a banana, but rather the plant that is readily found in most backyards and the wild.

I use this salve for cuts, scrapes, insect bites, stings and more. I love this stuff!


Bonita said...

I'm glad you found something that works. In spite of our heat here, there are as yet no mosquitoes...thank goodness.

I made a mixture, too, of olive oil and lime extract, as an after shower moisturizer for wintertime, when the dryness gets to my skin. It is so inexpensive, and so refreshing. (I'm in my 60's, when skin really dries out.)

Noel Wright said...

where do you get lime extract? Is that like vanilla extract but lime flavored?

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