"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Saturday

How to Start Using and Saving Fresh Plantain Today: an Anti-Itch Oil

Do you want to save some of the amazing herb plantain that grows like a weed practically everywhere? Here's a simple way to get started using plantain today! You can make this plantain anti-itch oil at home and save it for later, or use it immediately.

DIY Plantain Anti Itch Oil


For this recipe, you will need to following:

How to Start Using Fresh Plantain Today
  • Olive oil (got mine from local farmer Wynola Flats)
  • Grapeseed oil
  • freshly picked Plantain*
  • jar with lid that makes a tight seal







  1. -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.
  2. -Next, rip, chop or shred your leaves
  3. -Then cover leaves entirely with your oil. You can use half and half, or 2/3 olive to 1/3 grapeseed oil.
  4. -Finally, you need to heat this gently; pick one of the following ways:
  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.
  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.)
Store your plantain anti-itch oil in your jar in the fridge and use as needed for itches! 

*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

Shared on Front Porch Friday #15, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Wellness Wednesday, Natural Family Friday, The Art of Home-Making Mondays, ALN's Best of Home Remedies 2014 ...

3 comments:

  1. AnonymousJuly 29, 2014

    where can I order the plantain?

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  2. Hi! I added in a link for you, at the end of the post (just scroll back up a little bit). Thank you so much for searching for me!! :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this wonderful herbal recipe Finaorlena :) We have plantain growing which is exciting. Have a wonderful week and would love to see you at the new link up this week!

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