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Plantain Salve Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 1 quart


  • double boiler (or a coffee pot)
  • medium-sized pot


  • 1 cup plantain leaves
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil or olive oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 2 drops vitamin E (optional)


  • Make an herbal infusion oil using your favorite carrier oil, and preferably fresh plantain leaves. Some folks prefer to use olive oil as the carrier oil in this salve (and most others) because it often seems to resist going rancid over time.
  • Using a double boiler (or a coffee cup in a pot that has several inches of water in the bottom) to melt 1 part beeswax.
    beewax in cup
  • Remove the pot from the stove.
  • Stir in 5 parts of the plantain-infused oil.
  • Stir completely to make sure the medicinal infused herbal oil and the melted beeswax are thoroughly combined.
    stirring the mixture
  • Add up to 3 drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Stir again to completely combine the natural ingredients.
  • Stir in 2 drops of vitamin E - optional but highly recommended.
    vitamin e and other supplies
  • Add in up to 2 drops of tea tree essential oil - optional, but again highly recommended.
  • Immediately pour the salve into containers and seal with a firm-fitting lid.
  • Label the container with the contents, its uses, and the date.