Plantain salve is an easy-to-make herbal remedy that works wonders to soothe a variety of skin ailments, particularly itchy skin. Plantain herb is easy to find, forage, and use in this simple and accessible salve recipe!
While often seen as a common weed, the plantain plant is actually an amazingly useful herb that is extremely soothing to the skin.
Plantain has a long history as a healing plant and is widely known among herbalists as “nature’s band-aid.” It is edible and medicinal, and its soothing powers should not be dismissed!
Growing readily and widely, especially in the summertime, plantain is hardy and really easy to forage for. There are two main types of plantain, broadleaf, and narrow leaf.
I used narrow-leaf plantain as that is what we have growing in our yard, but either type is useful, and both work in this recipe. So use what you find or have at hand!
The plantain plant has a long list of benefits and has both internal and external uses. Today we will focus on plantain uses for the skin since we are making a salve.
Plantain has antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties, so it works well for a variety of common skin ailments.
Plantain leaves are highly effective at helping to heal minor wounds, cuts, scrapes, and burns. They are a perfect addition to homemade salves and balms such as this plantain salve or my herbal healing salve.
How to Make Plantain Salve
Dried plantain leaves: Plantain you have foraged and dried is great, but if you can’t find any you can always buy dried plantain leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs (my favorite place to buy high-quality, organic herbs).
Carrier oil: Olive oil is a great choice as a carrier oil and is easy to find. I often use a blend of about 50% olive oil, 25% coconut oil, and 25% sweet almond oil. Each oil has its own benefits and it’s really up to you which ones you’d like to use.
Beeswax: I buy this beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Make the Infused Plantain Herb Oil
To infuse the oil, first add the dried plantain leaves into the jar until it is about halfway full. Then fill the jar with a carrier oil (or a blend of oils) to cover the plants.
Then cap the jar with a lid and let the oil infuse for at least 4-6 weeks, more time is ok too. Make sure to store it in a cool spot away from direct sunlight while it is infusing.
Usually, a pantry or a dark counter corner works well for storing oil infusions.
Once the plantain oil is fully infused, strain out the leaves from the oil. I like to use a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth so I can squeeze the remaining oil out of the plantain leaves in the cheesecloth.
Gotta get all the plantain plant goodness!
Make the Plantain Salve
First, heat the plantain-infused oil in a double boiler on your stove. If needed, you can create a makeshift double boiler by putting a small bowl or a glass Pyrex measuring cup over a pot with about an inch of simmering water.
Add the beeswax to the infused oil and stir occasionally. I like to use a bamboo skewer or chopstick for stirring until the beeswax completely dissolves into the oil.
Remove the oil and beeswax mixture from the heat and continue stirring quickly until it completely melts.
Then pour the plantain salve mixture into tins or jars and let the salve set up for several hours.
Wait until it is completely set and cooled before using this super soothing plantain herb salve!
How to Use Plantain Salve
Plantain salve will work wonders on itchy bug bites, bee stings, rashes, and other itchy skin conditions. This is what plantain plant is best for!
This soothing herbal salve also has some healing qualities to it, so also works well on dry skin patches, and minor cuts and burns.
If you have an area of skin irritation or redness, especially if it’s itchy, put plantain salve to work and you’ll have so much relief!
More Herbal Salve Recipes
- Homemade Calendula Salve
- How to Make a Yarrow Plant Salve
- Healing Comfrey Salve
- How to Make Dandelion Salve
- Homemade Lavender Salve
- Chickweed Salve for Dry Skin
- St. John’s Wort Salve
For even more salve recipes here are 10 salve recipes to make and use in your home skin care routine!
Homemade Plantain Salve
Plantain Infused Oil
- 1 cup dried plantain leaves
- 1 1/2 cups carrier oil I like to use a blend of olive oil, melted coconut oil, and sweet almond oil
- 1 cup plantain infused oil
- 1 ounce beeswax
Plantain Infused Oil
- Put the dried plantain leaves into a pint jar about halfway full. Then fill the jar with a carrier oil (or a blend of oils) of your choice.
- Cap the jar with a lid and let the oil infuse for 4-6 weeks (or more) in a cool spot out of direct sunlight.
- Once the plantain oil has infused, strain out the leaves from the oil with a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth. Squeeze the remaining oil out of the leaves in the cheesecloth.
- Heat the plantain-infused oil in a double boiler on your stove. You can create a makeshift double boiler by putting a small bowl or a glass Pyrex measuring cup over a pot with about an inch of simmering water.
- Add the beeswax and stir occasionally (a wooden or bamboo skewer or chopstick works well for this) until the beeswax completely dissolves into the oil.
- Then remove the oil/beeswax mixture from the heat, stirring quickly and constantly until it melts.
- Pour the salve mixture into tins or jars.
- Let the salve set up for several hours or until it is completely cooled before using.
- This plantain salve recipe is easily adapted to smaller or larger batches. Simply double it for a larger batch or cut it in half for a smaller batch.
- Olive oil is a great choice as a carrier oil and is easy to find. I often use a blend of about 50% olive oil, 25% coconut oil, and 25% sweet almond oil. Each oil has its own benefits and it’s really up to you which one you’d like to use.
- You can alternatively use the quick method for making infused oils by heating the oil and dried flowers in a pot on low heat for up to 12 hours, but the infused oil may not be as potent.
- This salve will last for a year or more if kept in a dry place out of intense heat and sunlight.