Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Plantain Healing Salve ~ Homemade "Neosporin"
Remember the herbal oil I was heating in the sun for a plantain/comfrey salve?
Well, it's done, and I melted beeswax with it and wa-la! Homemade "Neosporin."
I washed a few lip balm containers, and some recycled baby food jars to store it in.
It made a lot more than this. I filled another lip balm container and three more baby food jars. The recipe starts with 2 cups of herbal oil, and 1/4 cup of beeswax. I used both plantain and comfrey, as well as rosemary. There were a few other suggested "optional" herbs, but I did not have them on hand.
I put some in the small containers to be able to tote them along for camping and other trips from home. It seems when we go camping/hiking/fishing, someone gets a splinter, cut, or abrasion that needs a healing salve. The only thing I question on this salve, is how long is the shelf life? I can't really find the answer, so I'll be doing some "herbal recipe" reading this winter.
I am now a firm believer (and so is my family) of comfrey and plantain - two medicinal herbs that I never experimented with until this year. I will triple the amount of comfrey, due to the need for comfrey poultices in my house.
I can say my herbal journey is definitely not over. I cannot wait to discover more uses and plant more herbs next year.