Plantain Oil Infusion, Tincture and Tea by Rut’s Farm

By | July 2, 2020

Plantain Oil Infusion, Tincture and Tea by Rut’s Farm

Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata), as well as Greater plantain (Plantago major), are growing everywhere. Many people have them in their gardens but don’t know about them which is a pity. They are great healing agents that have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. I would like to explore their topical use and healing effect on the skin using oils and internal through teas.

Having plantain infused oil will help you to enjoy the incredible benefits of plantain for skin use all year round.
Infused oil from FRESH leaves:
-Harvest plantain leaves on a dry sunny day, rinse and dry.
-Chop or tear leaves.
-Place plantain leaves in clean/sterilised canning jar or other glass jar.
-Fill jar with Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil, Rapeseed oil, Sweet Almond oil, Coconut oil or other oil of your liking.
-Put the jar in a double boiler and warm infusion 24 to 48 hours on 110-120 degrees fahrenheit/ 43-50 degrees celsius (turn of heat during night, cover against flies).
-Drain in cheese cloth and add oil on jar.
-Put in dark, dry place for storage.

Infused plantain oil from DRY leaves:
-Fill jar with dry leaves.
-Cover with preferred oil.
-Leave at room temperature for 4-6 weeks.
-Strain and bottle.

Infused oil should be good for about 1 year. Remember to use sterilised jars for best result.
Speedy skin healer, ribwort plantain makes an excellent soothing, emollient and nourishing oil that can be used for bruises, wounds, eczema or other skin inflammations.

Good against sunburn, itching skin, bites, irritation etc.
-Mix infused plantain oil and apple cider vinegar (for immediate use).
-Add leaves to apple cider vinegar and lett sit for a few weeks. Strain and put on bottle.
Note: You can also add aloe vera, essential oils and/or dilute with some water.

Teas from plantain can be made with both fresh or dry leaves, so make sure to harvest those plants during the growing season and have them ready for winter. You can also make tea of the seeds using about a teaspoon of dried seeds pr cup.
– Mild tea
for digestive problems, heartburn, IBS, UTI’s, bladder/kidney infections and more.
1 liter (33 oz) of water
20-30 grams of leaves
Boil 3-5 minutes or just let steep. Drink 3-5 cups daily. (Not for to many days in a row).
-Stronger tea
1 liter (33 oz) of water
5-100 grams
-Strong tea
(Not for drinking)
1 liter (33 oz) of water
200-300 grams of leaves
Use as mouth wash, eyes, gargle, skin/scalp, enema and more.

Due to substances called aucubin and tannins plantain possess astringent properties. These emollient and soothing mucilages create a protective layer on a wound or bruise, reducing pain, and discomfort.

In adition these substances have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, therefore, can be used for the treatment of skin inflammations such as impetigo, ecthyma or eczema (2)

Powerful antioxidant allantoin present in the plantain and responsible for cell growth also regenerates tissues. Ribwort plantain is thus also effective in the treatment of burns.

Please consult your doctor if you have any health conditions or on pharmaceuticals.
These are only tips I share due to my love of natural remedies and I do not guarantee any healing effects as I’m only sharing my experience. Also be careful of all remedies if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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