Comfrey & Plantain Healing Salve

This herbal salve combines the healing properties of comfrey [37] and plantain [38] with the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of dandelion [64, 65] and the cooling power of mint with raw bees wax [39] to create a powerful remedy for any number of skin ailments. Apply topically for scrapes, burns, bruises, and sore joints, as well as insect bites, poison ivy, and acne.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried comfrey (leaf and/or root)
  • 1 cup dried plantain leaf
  • ½ cup dried mint
  • ¼ cup dried dandelion leaf (more if used for joint pain)
  • ¼ cup dried chicory leaf
  • 1 ½ cups oil (olive, coconut, etc.)
  • 2-3 oz raw, unfiltered bees wax (preferably from local hives!)

Instructions:

  • After harvesting the leaves, hang them in bundles upside down in a cool place with good ventilation to dry. About 2 weeks.
  • Break up the dried leaves into small prices and place in a quart jar with a lid. Top the jar off with the oil and replace the lid. Let it sit in a dark place for 2-6 weeks. Longer steeping will produce a stronger salve.
  • Place the bees wax in a pot on low heat
  • While the wax is melting, strain the leaf matter out of the oil. Be sure to squeeze out as much as you can.
  • Pour the herbal oil into the pot with the bees wax and stir until homogenous
  • Turn off the heat and pour the molten salve into a shallow container to cool (we reused an old hummus container)
  • Store in a cool, dark place. Best used within one year