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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Homemade salve recipe


It's always a good idea to know how to make your own healing concoctions from plants that grow around you. This is one of my favorites:

Plantain Salve

Fresh plantain leaves and flower stalks
Olive oil
Beeswax
Small jars, pots or tins

Pick five handfuls of fresh plantain leaves and flower spikes (around five full grown plants). Slice the plantain and place it in a stainless steel pot and barely cover with water (approximately 1.5 cups of water). Simmer gently for a half hour, then cover and let steep for an hour and strain out the medicinal "tea."
Over a very low flame, heat a cup of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of beeswax until the wax melts. Slowly pour in the tea and stir with a whisk. Pour into small jars; it will solidify as it cools.

Note: It is helpful to try a test first by pouring out a tablespoonful onto a cool dish to test the consistency as it cools. If the salve is too hard, heat it again and add more olive oil. If it is too soft, add more beeswax.

I found this recipe here:

http://www.theorganicreport.com/pages/830_basic_salve_recipe.cfm

It's a great salve for minor cuts and bruises.

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