Today I’m welcoming Leeann of One Ash Farm as she shares her special comfrey plantain salve recipe–this is a homestead must-have!
As we enter the summer months (yes, it will actually be summer soon!), the bug bites, scrapes, scratches, and sore muscles will start up again. This is a recipe for a very simple, highly effective, comfrey salve that covers all of those daily happenings.
Why Comfrey and Plantain?
Comfrey and plantain are two herbs that have been used for thousands of years for a variety of ailments.
Plantain is a well-known herb that is commonly used to reduce the pain and inflammation of insect bites.
It is also widely used to aid in reducing the itching of poison ivy rashes. Plantain is also known as an excellent healer of diaper rash.
Creating a salve using both of these wonderful, healing herbs, will give you an all-purpose remedy to keep on hand for these coming summer months. While I am not a medical expert, I think you will find that you and your family will grab your jar of Comfrey Plantain Salve for most anything, and will enjoy the benefits of natural healing!
Homemade Comfrey Salve Recipe
- 1/2 cup dry comfrey leaves
- 1/2 cup dry plantain leaves
- 1 1/2 cups olive oil
- 4 tsp. beeswax pastilles
- Rosemary essential oil – (how to purchase essential oils for wholesale)
Step #1: Make an infusion with olive oil and dried herbs.
There are a couple of ways to do this.
I use a small crockpot (that I picked up at a thrift store for $2.00!) and “cook” the leaves and herbs for about 3 hours.
You can also mix the herbs and oil and let it sit on the counter in a covered jar for 2-3 weeks.
Step #4: Once the beeswax is melted and the mixture is blended, add 20 drops of rosemary essential oil and mix thoroughly. Pour your completed salve into a container of your choice.
Comfrey Salve Notes:
1. Other essential oils can be used, but I prefer rosemary for its cleansing and preservative properties.
2. As written, this recipe makes a soft salve, add more beeswax for a firmer salve.
3. This recipe can be used for homestead animals too.
4. (Jill here: You can find more DIY herbal remedies and ideas for your homestead critters in Natural Homestead.)
Healing with Home Remedies
There are many different plants that have been used throughout history to create homemade remedies. Not only do they help us, but they can also be used to heal our barnyard animals as well. Some plants can be found in your backyard like dandelions which can make a Salve for muscles and Joints. Other plants are not exactly native, so you will need to find starts or start them from seed. If you are interested in learning more about healing herbs or growing a salve garden this article Top 10 Healing Herbs to Grow is a great place to start.
About the Author:
After taking a leap of faith away from a big-company career, I now help run our farm and dairy supply business and enjoy applying all aspects of homesteading. I am currently studying to be a Master Herbalist, and look forward to continuing the sharing of Homesteading information through our blog at One Ash Plantation Blog.
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