Making Plantain Oil

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I made some plantain oil today! plantagominor
Plantain is great for soothing painful or itchy bites, wounds or rashes, and bee stings. Making it into an oil is a great way to harness the magic of plantain year round.

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Here is a step by step to making the oil:

I harvested a bunch of plantain leaves. My garden is filled with the thin leafed English variety, called Plantago minor or Plantago lanceolata, so that is what I used:

Harvested Plantago lanceolata

Harvested Plantago lanceolata

Then I pulled out everything I needed: knife and cutting board, jar and oil:

Olive oil, jar, plantain, knife, cutting board

Olive oil, jar, plantain, knife, cutting board

I chopped the plantain and begin filling the jar:

Filling the jar with chopped plantain

Filling the jar with chopped plantain

I covered with olive oil:

Plantain steeping in olive oil

Plantain steeping in olive oil

Finally, I labeled it, of course:

Plantain in Olive Oil

Plantain in Olive Oil

I covered it and put it in my cupboard. In about 4 to 6 weeks, I’ll strain the plantain out, saving the oil to use as a wonderful skin soother!

During the growing season, plantain is great to use fresh. If you or someone you love gets stung by a bee, reach for a plantain leave, chew it up (or otherwise crush it) and place it on the sting for instant relief.

For more chronic skin conditions, plantain oil is an excellent remedy to have around. When you can’t get to sleep at night because of itchy mosquito bites: plantain oil. It’s also safe to use on animals…so if your dog has red itchy skin, apply some plantain oil.

Have you ever made an oil from a plant? Let us know what you did and what you used it for in the comments below. Thanks!

~ Melissa

  • Curious

    What's the longest amount of time you can leave the plantain in?

  • Vimax Oficial

    Melissa Bravo, I wish you success in everything you do.

  • cherokeegrl

    I ended up making a triple strength plantain oil, after each batch had steeped about 10 days over very low heat (would heat up to about 115 degrees several times a day, turn off heat and let steep), strain out plantain leaves, add more fresh plantain leaves ...I did this process two addition times making a triple strength oil. Why? Don't know, had read about it and just did it. Will definitely add calendula to my garden this year alongside my comfrey.

    be well,
    susie

  • Susie,
    That sounds awesome! I'm sure you made some great oil!
    Thanks so much for the comment,
    Melissa

  • cherokeegrl

    I ended up making a triple strength plantain oil, after each batch had steeped about 10 days over very low heat (would heat up to about 115 degrees several times a day, turn off heat and let steep), strain out plantain leaves, add more fresh plantain leaves ...I did this process two addition times making a triple strength oil. Why? Don't know, had read about it and just did it. Will definitely add calendula to my garden this year alongside my comfrey.

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