Plantain Cream for Bites and Stings
Healthy Healing Recipe By: James Wong, author of Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Fixes.
What it does: A natural cream to help bites and stings.
- 4 tablespoons fresh chopped plantain leaves
- 1/2 cup (150 ml) boiling water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or sunflower oil
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 1 teaspoon beeswax
- 2 teaspoons emulsifying wax
- 2 teaspoons glycerine
- 1 teaspoon vitamin C powder
Wash and chop the plantain leaves. Divide into two—put one half in a bowl and the other half in a pan. Cover the plantain in the bowl with the water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
In the pan, add the olive (or sunflower) and almond oils to the plantain and heat gently to simmering point. Don't allow to boil—if it starts boiling, take off the heat immediately. Once at simmering point, remove from the heat and leave for 10 minutes to cool.
Strain the plantain leaves from the water in the bowl, reserving the infused water and discarding the leaves. Set the liquid to one side.
Drain the infused oil into another pan, discarding the plantain leaves. Heat the oil again. Add the beeswax and emulsifying wax and melt, stirring. Aim for a foamy consistency.
Add 1 cup of the infused water to the pan and whisk to achieve a consistency like salad dressing. Add the glycerine and vitamin C powder.
Pour into sterilized glass jars and seal.
Note: Apply to affected area as often as needed. Keeps for three months in the refrigerator in an airtight container.