Plantain is a commonly thought of as a weed. Plantain, however, is an anti-inflammatory and helps prevent infections. Plantain may also accelerate healing and prevent scarring. Plantain is especially effective on bug bites and wasp or bee stings. Can you see why a beekeeper would love plantain salve?
Here are the links to the recipes we combined to make our plantain salve. https://mommypotamus.com/plantain-salve-recipe/ and https://www.naturallivingideas.com/healing-plantain-salve/
This is what plantain looks like after it is picked. We dried the plantain leaves so that little to none water would be in our salve and the good nutrients would be pulled out during steeping.
Next, we steeped the plantain in coconut oil. Coconut oil also has many health benefits including anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil also moisturizes the skin.
We filled the jar as full as we could with plantain and coconut oil. We had about two and a half jars of steeped plantain.
This is what the oil looked like after it steeped for about a month and we strained the plantain leaves out.
We had about thirty-five fluid ounces of plantain infused coconut oil. We added beeswax to the plantain oil. The beeswax thickens the oil turning it into a lotion. Beeswax in salves allows the skin to breathe while keeping the moisture in.
Finally, we poured the plantain salve into small canning jars and allowed them to cool.
The finished product.
We sell three ounce jars of plantain salve over at Our Honey Bee Store for $5. If the bugs just seem to love you, this is a great salve to heal the bug bites.