This healing plantain balm recipe is not only really easy to make, it is also an extremely effective homemade remedy for any type of plant or insect sting.
It’s made from three simple ingredients – plantain, coconut oil and lavender essential oil – and takes only minutes to make.
I’ve used this healing plantain balm recipe for nettle stings and it also worked instantly to take away the pain when I was once stung by a wasp.
I think it makes a nice gift to give friends and it was a fun project for my daughter and I to do together.
The key ingredient in this healing plantain balm recipe
When you mention plantain to others, they often think you’re talking about banana plantain. When you explain that you’re actually referring to Plantago major they’ll often exclaim, “but that’s a weed!”
While it may have been written off as a weed by most gardeners, those who have a love of herbal medicine know just how beneficial plantain really is.
The great thing about plantain is that it’s easy to recognize. There are two varieties; flat leaf and round leaf. You’ll often find them growing nearby to each other.
GardeningKnowHow.com describes plantain as:
Perennial, adaptable plants that grow nearly anywhere and tend to be weedy. They are low-growing, ground-hugging plants that display short, thick stems and rosettes of dark, shiny, oval or egg-shaped leaves measuring about 6 inches long and 4 inches wide. A leafless stalk rising above the plant sports spiky clusters of tiny green flowers in late summer.https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/plantain/plantain-herb-growing.htm
Plantain is often used medicinally to treat some of the following conditions:
- Coughs and congestion
- Cholesterol issues
- Blood sugar control
Plantain is best known however, for its use as a skin healer. Simply using the leaves as a poultice or making a herbal tea or balm makes it an effective healer for bites, cuts, scrapes, sunburn and plant stings. The leaves contain antibacterial properties.
You can also eat every part of the plantain plant, including the roots. You can try the new spring leaf growth in salads, or cooked as you would do spinach.
Plantain is considered to be a safe plant, but please note that you should never use it to treat an illness without guidance from a qualified medical professional.
How to harvest plantain
Ideally, you should wait to harvest the plantain on a sunny day, towards the afternoon. This way the plant has had enough time to take in lots of the day’s Sun energy and the leaves should be dry. It will also protect the plant, as it will draw its sap down in the afternoon/evening as the Earth inhales.
You could also check out which phase the moon is in. The new moon would be a good time to harvest, but you could also harvest in every other phase except a waning moon (4th quarter). An ascending moon is also ideal.
For more information about gardening by the moon, check out this great article.
I always start by asking permission from the plant to take what I need. I then allow myself to be guided intuitively to take the leaves the plant is willing to release.
You may have to do this process with several plantain plants in order to be able to harvest the right amount while keeping the plants happy.
Once you’ve collected enough, always remember to thank them!
Coconut Oil and Lavender Essential Oil – More skin loving ingredients
Lavender essential oil is known as a powerful skin healer. It can also help to reduce scarring once a wound is healed.
In most cases, essential oils should be partnered with a carrier oil. In this recipe, I use coconut oil for two reasons: firstly, it will set solid to create a balm-type consistency, and secondly, it is also a well-known skin health promoter.
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids which have antimicrobial properties that keep infection away. It’s also an anti-inflammatory agent and promotes anti-oxidant defenses, and helps in the production of collagen too. (Source).
How to make the healing plantain balm recipe
This recipe couldn’t be more simple!
- A good handful of plantain
- About half a cup of coconut oil
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
Once you’ve got your plantain, make sure it’s clean and dry and pop it into a bullet blender.
Gently melt the coconut oil on a stove top until it’s clear but not super hot. It’s okay to let it cool down a little before adding to the plantain – we don’t want to cook the plantain with the oil!
Add the coconut oil in with the plantain and blitz it all until it’s combined and the liquid is smooth.
Pour the liquid into sterilized containers – preferably glass – and let cool a little if still warm.
Before the balm starts to solidify, add the lavender essential oil and stir the balm to combine.
Put the balm in the fridge to harden and for storage (it will keep for about a year in the fridge).
Notes: You can sub the coconut oil for beeswax if that’s what you prefer. If you take the balm out of the fridge, it may soften up or melt – especially if it’s summer.
As you can see from the photo above, this balm is GREEN! Don’t worry though, it rubs in clear and kids love it!
It smells so gorgeous too! So if you like it and your skin doesn’t get spotty from coconut oil, free free to use it all over!
I made this cute label to go on the outside of my balm pots. This helps me to remember what’s in there (I’ve got concoctions and potions everywhere!) plus it makes a cute gift.
My neighbor saw my daughter and I harvesting the plantain and asked me about it, so I promised her a pot!
If you like the label you can download it free by clicking on the button below. Enjoy!
And if you make this balm and use the label, please feel free to tag me on Instagram @spiritsciencehealth. I’d love to see your creation!