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Soothing Jewelweed and Plantain Ointment

The following recipe is for a very soothing Jewelweed and Plantain ointment. It combines the soothing properties of Jewelweed with the healing and antiviral properties of Plantain. I carry a small jar of this ointment in one of the pockets of my cargo pants every single day. I cannot tell you how often I use it. It not only heals any skin abrasion or irritation, it also immediately alleviates any itching. I have found it to be highly effective when applied to the rash resulting from poison ivy and or poison oak contact. The luxurious feeling of the Lanolin, and the soothing nature of the Jewelweed also make it a wonderful daily moisturizer.

I would highly recommend making it for yourself, and keeping it handy. If your and your family are anything like me and mine, you will turn to it quite often.

Soothing Jewelweed and Plantain Ointment Recipe

3 oz fresh Jewelweed leaves

3 oz fresh Plantain leaves (or 1-1/2 oz dried powdered leaves)

12 oz oil (sweet almond, coconut, olive, or vegetable)

2 tbsp Pure Lanolin

Pure beeswax to thicken to desired consistency

Pure Wintergreen and Lavender oils for their fragrant natures.

     (The methyl salicylate in the Wintergreen also acts as an analgesic.)

 

Finely chop fresh herbs; if using dried plantain, grind the dried herb in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Pour oil into a double boiler, or small crock pot. I would not recommend a pan directly over heat, as it would be very easy to burn the oil. Add the herb materials to the oil, and simmer on lowest setting for a minimum of 4-6 hours. It is important to try to maintain an oil temperature of about 100 - 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Strain the oil through cheesecloth, fine coffee filter, or chinois. Retain a small amount of oil in a separate bowl, just in case your finished ointment is too thick. Melt the Lanolin into the main pot of oil. Stir until completely dissolved. Slowly add grated beeswax a little at a time to the main pot of oil, until the desired consistency is reached. I usually stir in 1 - 2 oz of wax until dissolved, then touch the back of a spoon into the oil, and let the spoon cool. I then check the consistency of the ointment, if it is too thin, add more wax, if too thick, add a little of the oil you retained in the beginning. And finally stir in the desired amount of the Wintergreen and Lavender Oils.

Pour the ointment into a jar or tin, and store in the refrigerator until needed. This ointment is very effective for insect bites or stings, blisters, cuts, scrapes, or just about any skin ailments. I have yet to find a better remedy for insect bites or stings.

 

Passive oil infusion method: Place herbs in a mason jar, and cover with oil. Cover the jar, and leave in a sunny location for two weeks. After the two weeks, follow the steps above to strain and thicken the ointment.

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