Plantain is one of those highly-useful herbs commonly considered a weed. Once I learned to recognize it, I started seeing it everywhere, which is great because it is SO useful. The leaves can be chewed or otherwise pulvarized and applied to all manner of stings, bites and rashes.
So far this summer, I’ve applied it to my daughter’s wasp sting, my husband’s snake bite, and my nettle welts. We were all amazed at how quickly and effectively it eased pain and reduced inflamation. (Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, trained herbalist or in any way qualified to provide medical advice. To learn more about plantain, visit Bulk Herb Store.)
Our backyard happens to be full of plantain. We had gotten behind on our mowing and so I decided it was a perfect time to harvest some leaves to try out an idea I had: plantain ice cubes. It seemed like a great soothing combination and something I could quickly try until I had the time and ingredients to make plantain into a salve or tincture. Here’s what we did:
First we picked a quantity of nice, healthy leaves and washed them. Then we packed them in our blender with just enough water to blend.
We poured this mixture into ice cube trays, filling them about halfway full (you don’t usually need that much a time.) Once frozen, we popped them into freezer bags for storage. I’m thinking that once they’ve melted the plantain can be used to make a poultice if extended treatment is needed.
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