Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Making Plantain Tincture: for Bee and Wasp Stings

Several years ago I was in the green house trimming back ferns I was going to try to winter over when I got stung by a wasp.  Oh my, how it hurt and throbbed!  I ran for the house, up the stairs and got inside as fast as I could go all the while very much aware of the  pain in my finger.  

I had read in several different places that plantain tincture was good for stings and had made some ... just in case.  I grabbed that bottle ... the pain was intensifying ... grabbed a small bowl and as fast as I could, poured some into the bowl.  I stuck my whole finger in it which by the way was already swelling.  The pain was intense ... I still remember how badly it hurt!

Within a minute I was getting some relief and within 5 minutes I no longer had any pain.  I wasn't ready to take the chance that if I took my finger out of the bowl of plantain tincture that it wouldn't start hurting again so I left it in a couple more minutes.

Finally, I slowly removed my finger from the bowl ready to plunge it back in at the first hint of pain.  There was no pain and it didn't come back.  Since that day I have not been without this plantain tincture and since I harvested the first plantain of the season today, I thought I would share with you how I make it ... and yes, I did start another batch today!

I harvested the plantain from my herb garden, filled one of the kitchen sinks with water and dropped the plantain in it.  I let it soak for 1 hour, then removed it from the water, rinsed it really well and dropped it into my salad spinner.  I spun it several times and then laid it out on a towel.

I needed to get all the water off the plantain so I rolled the towel up and left it until morning.  Removing all the water is important otherwise the possibility of mold is great.

This morning I unrolled the towel, removed the plantain leaves and put them in a quart jar.  I then added apple cider vinegar to the jar, put a cap on it, labeled it along with the date and set it in a cool dark place for at least 3 weeks but not more than 6 weeks.  (3 weeks if I need it, 6 weeks if I don't.)

When the time is up, I will strain it and it will be ready for use.  Apply with a cotton ball or you can do like I did if possible.

Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor, please consult your physician or health care provider before trying this remedy.  I am only sharing what has worked for me.  Also, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this remedy do not make or use it.

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. How many leaves to how much vinegar? PLEASE!
    Why is it so important to get leaves dry when putting them in liquid?
    Very curious about this.
    I love using nature all I can.

    1. Cheryl, I don't measure, I just stuff the jar with leaves and then cover with apple cider vinegar. It's important to make sure the leaves are dry because if they are wet they have a tendency to mold and then it would spoil the tincture. Hope this helps!

  2. Patsy, I love using my herbs and a friend of mine picks plantain to give to a friend of hers who uses it to make massage oil. My hubby says we have plantain growing but I am not sure if it is the same as hers so I must check it out as apparently it grows like a bit of a weed around does nettle!

    1. Nanna Chel, it grows like a weed around here too, but I wasn't comfortable with it's identification so I ordered seeds, planted them and when they came up I knew for sure what the 'weeds' were.


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