Plantain Salve

Today’s spotlight is on my plantain salve.  Plantain is great for healing cuts, and can be soothing.

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I harvest the plantain from random spots in my non-chemical yard.  Sometimes even the kids get in on the harvesting, they’re pretty good at finding it sometimes.  Again, simple ingredients.  Dried plantain steeped in olive oil, and I add coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter until I get the consistency I want.  Super scientific, I know, it kind of reminds me of baking bread.  You just keep mixing/adding until you feel it’s right.  I have a tendency to wing it until I’m happy with it, not always just because all the ingredients are in there.

Plantain salve can be purchased on it’s own, or in various combinations as below.

Both regular and mini salve tube sets…
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Big first aid kit tins…
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Or smaller mint-tin sized kits.
All the kits can be customized to suit your whim.
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Bone, Flesh, and Cartilage

This is a little more complicated salve.  Dr. Christopher came up with a blend of eight herbs in a particular proportion to aid in healing, shockingly, bone, flesh, and cartilage.  I’ve made a salve, an oil, a tincture, and a glycerite with this blend of herbs.  To cover my bases for whatever I might need.

This particular salve, BF&C, is a very multipurpose healing salve.  For cuts, scrapes, ouchies, whatever you need help healing.  The salve is more geared for skin type wounds, whereas the (less than tasty) tea is more to help knit bones and such back together.

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Only use as needed.  When you are hurt, and healing/recovering is a good time.  But it’s not like vitamin C or vitamin D that are good to take much of the time when your nutrition is deficient.  BF&C has white oak bark, comfrey root, black walnut leaf, gravel root, marshmallow root, mullein leaf, scullcap, wormwood, and lobelia.  The FDA wants to warn that it’s for external use only, and not to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.  I didn’t start learning about herbs until after I was done being pregnant and nursing, so I’m zero help with that.  But I’m okay with exercising caution in regards to that, so you’ll have to make your own decision about this particular herbal blend.  I do believe it’s the comfrey root that has various groups all up in arms about it, but it *is* a healing herb, in the correct quantities, and especially when it’s in a synergistic blend.

Because I cannot leave anything alone, I decided to mix up some BF&C with a little lavender essential oil.  Ideally, to help heal and minimize scars.  I have scars from blood draws in the last two years (yay for health issues!), so my goal is to see if my salve helps heal those up and leave me without scars.  So I will fully admit this particular salve is still in it’s testing phase, but I have no qualms about other people using it.  I’m *that* comfortable with the ingredients.  Just…  don’t eat it, okay?  Probably won’t taste amazing, despite it not having things that will poison you.

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Salves can be purchased on their own, or in kits.  I love kits, they’re fun.  Both regular and mini sizes, both alone and in a kit.  You can custom order kids so you get the (number of) salves you want, as well.  Just sent me an email, text, carrier pigeon, whatever works for you.
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A fun new first aid kit tin I found.  Not as easy to put into pockets, but still nice and slim, and holds a fair amount of goodies.  These can also be custom ordered.
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Yarrow Salve

Another single-herb salve!  How about that, me and my simpleness.  Yarrow is great for soothing.  As just an herb, it’s great for stopping or starting bleeding, soothing itching, all depending on what you need at the moment, and which part of the plant you use.
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I’ve used it on overzealous cuts before – just chewed up some leaves, put on the cut, and put a bandage over it, all poultice like.  I believe one time I did this to my youngest from a cut received in the yard, a neighbor kid was over playing, and one of my children told him “My mom’s magic” when the neighbor child asked what on earth I was doing.  Again, super simple ingredients.  You could eat this salve if you really, really wanted to.  I wouldn’t recommend it, but you could.  Yarrow-steeped olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter.  Sure, easy ingredients, just takes time to put together and time to steep the herbs.  I’m fairly impatient with things sometimes, so I understand the not wanting to wait and make it yourself.  Hence why I’m making all these goodies.  Saves you some of the effort, and ideally, I can bring home some income.   Win win.

Not only can you purchase yarrow salve on it’s own, you can also find it in a variety of fun ways.  In salve bundles, complete with cute little bag…
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But you can also find salves in some of my premade first aid kit tins, big or small.  These can be customized to some degree as well.
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Example of a kit available at Coeur d’Alene Fresh.  Why yes, I sometimes put bows on things.  Why not?  Also, yes, you can tell I wing things completely, and try to use what I have around first.  In order to package these kits where customers can view what’s inside, I had to be creative.  Enter my food saver and some old Cabela’s bags that I wasn’t fond of for food packaging.  They totally work for first aid kits though, which I like.
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