Ward House


Not the banana type fruit but a very common weed… err herb that has lived in every yard I have ever had (we do not use weed killers).

First one needs to know what plantain looks like. This first site shows the different types of leaves you will see with Plantain. This is a picture of what we have in our yard; in looking at the holey leaves, it appears to be a popular plant with the ‘locals’ as well. After reading of Plantains many wondrous attributes, I decided to make an herbal infused oil using the recipe here:

Our favorite way to use plantain is in a herbally infused oil. Gently fill a container with fresh plantain leaves that have been lightly bruised or crushed. (Dried plantain can be used – if you are using dried plant material, you only need to fill the jar one-half full). Cover the leaves with oil – any vegetable oil will do, cover the container, and let sit in the sun for a couple of weeks. The will turn a beautiful dark green color. Strain out the leaves and you have a lovely herbal oil to use. It’s wonderful to soften, soothe and heal any manner of skin conditions. We love to make a herbal salve from this oil – simply add 1-2 oz. melted beeswax to warmed infused oil. Stir over low heat until the beeswax and oil are uniformly combined, and then pour into clean jars or tubs.

I used olive oil to begin our infused oil and it has been in the window sill for 3 sunny days so far. Wish I’d had some Plantain when at work last night; while cutting lemons, I leaned up against the counter and was stung in the thigh by a wasp – apparently I pinned him against the counter top and he was VERY unhappy about my over-friendly behavior. After the initial prickling and some swelling there have been no other symptoms – I’d forgotten all about it until I began composing this post.

Another healing recipe that I hope to make, can be found here.

Healing salve: In large non-metallic pan place 1lb. of entire Plantain plant chopped, and 1 cup lard, cover, cook down on low heat till all is mushy and green. Strain while hot, cool and use for burns, insect bites, rashes, and all sores. Note: used as night cream for wrinkles.

Keep in mind that Plaintain can also be eaten, use the youngest leaves only; older leaves are tough. *bleck*

This weekend is going to be hectic for me; the waitress that was to work had a medical procedure (unblock a kidney) and will be out for the next two weeks. That means that I cover her shift. Yes, some good money especially since it is a holiday and the Inn will be full; however, it does mean that I am gonna work my tush off. *whew* Makes me tired just thinking about it. All this work means that I will be scarce online for at least the weekend.

Have a safe holiday!


May 22, 2009 - Posted by | Cooking, Gardening, recipes, self sufficiency

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