Wildcrafting and gathering can be rough on the skin. I often return from harvesting rose hips, briars, and barberry with minor cuts and scratches regardless of wearing leather gloves or protective clothing. After removing splinters and cleaning the skin, I always reach for this homemade Plantain Salve to heal scrapes and scratches from working outdoors.
My friend, who is Amish, made this healing herbal cream for me. These are the ingredients:
1/4 cup dried plantain leaves
1/2 cup vaseline
2 drops of vitamin E oil
2 drops of lavender oil
This salve can be used to treat bee stings, insect bites, poison ivy, rashes, cuts, burns, and cold sores. Simply put the vaseline in a double boiler and heat until melted. Add dried plantain and simmer for about 2 hours. Remove from heat and add the lavender and vitamin E oil then strain and pour into a small container. The soothing ointments in this salve speeds the recovery time while instantly relieving pain. I haven't made this recipe myself but you might find it helpful. One of these days I'll experiment with making an herbal salve, but for now, I'll rely on my friend's supply. A small tin lasts for many years and has a long shelf life.
Life is better with herbs,