For this recipe, you will need to following:
- Olive oil (got mine from local farmer Wynola Flats)
- Grapeseed oil
- freshly picked Plantain*
- jar with lid that makes a tight seal
Store your plantain anti-itch oil in your jar in the fridge and use as needed for itches!
To use it today, place herbs and oil in souce pan or small pot. Keep the heat low and keep an eye on the whole thing to make sure it doesn't burn or boil. (You don't want to scorch the life right out of the concoction!) Heat till the color cooks into the oil, leaving the leaves dull, about 1 hour. Use your judgement on this. Then let it sit till it's cool and strain out the herb.
- -First, you want to make sure your herbs are clean and ready to use. Rinse in a sink, bowel or tub, then gently pat dry to remove all water.
- -Next, rip, chop or shred your leaves
- -Then cover leaves entirely with your oil. You can use half and half, or 2/3 olive to 1/3 grapeseed oil.
- -Finally, you need to heat this gently; pick one of the following ways:
To use it later, stuff your chopped leaves in your jar till it's almost full. Leave a couple inches of space at the top, but make sure to completely submerge all plant material. Place in a paper sack in a sunny window, or go with Bulk Herb Store's crock-pot method following steps 1-6.)
*If you can't find a safe clean place to harvest plantain from the wild (and don't have it growing in your garden yet), then you can purchase dried organic plantain from Bulk Herb Store. Also, if you're going that rout anyway, you could get some lobelia and turmeric to add in for more anti-inflammatory properties. If you use dried herbs, follow the proportions as mentioned in the crock-pot method link.
I love my plantain anti-itch oil and store it in a sweet little bottle that my olive oil came in from a local farmer. Do you grow plantain in your garden? Forage for it? Or do you buy/trade for it?
Here's the link to purchase dried organic plantain via my affiliate link! :D
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