"Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them,
and reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth."
Eczema likes to rear it's ugly head from time to time in our home and This. Is. The. Best. for fighting back. Also, bug bites and poison ivy can't with stand this anti-itch cream.
1/2 cup of olive oil infused with a handful of plantain leaves
1tsp. of almond oil (optional)
another 1/2 cup of olive oil
1 oz. of beeswax
3 Tbs. of coconut oil (optional)
8 drops of peppermint essential oil (optional)
8 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
I picked some plantain fresh and had to infuse it quickly because I needed it right away. I also picked some, blended it with oil and set it in the cupboard for a day when snow might be covering the ground and no plantain to be found! you can also dry it and infuse oil for another batch at a later time.
Now, when I infused it quickly I blended a large handful of leaves with 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of almond oil in the blender.
I placed the oil and leaf mixture into a double boiler and cooked it on low for 1/2 hour. I didn't want to destroy any of the healing properties with the heat, so keep it low!
I grated 1 ounce of beeswax.
I had cleaned out the double boiler so that it would be clean for this next step.
Place the bees wax into the double boiler with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, and the other 1/2 cup of olive oil.
Melt everything together on low! Beeswax is flammable. When it is melted add the "green" oil to it. Stir it together. Remove from the heat and add 8 drops of lavender and 8 drops of peppermint essential oils. I chose these two oils because they assist in the healing process, are antibacterial and anti fungal not to mention soothing. They also stop the itch which in return will speed up the healing process because you are not scratching. The smell is lovely and calming as well.
Pour the oil mixture into 2- 4 ounce jars or what ever you have on hand. Just make sure it is clean.
Now leave it to cool. Don't touch it!! Be patient. In no time at all (hour or two) it will look like this....
Please visit these sites for more information and details on Plantain from the Bulk Herb Store, Lavender Essential Oil, and Peppermint Essential Oil and see why I chose this combination!
If you cannot use the essential oils for whatever reason the plantain is great all by itself. The oils I added were for fragrance and the extra benefits they would give me, but they are not necessary.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor.
This is not meant to diagnose or treat any skin conditions.
Please consult with your physician before use.