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Simple Green Plantain Salve

by a smart reader

May 2006

- 12 oz. jar of Vaseline
- 2 handfuls of Plantain leaves
- 1 large or 2 small aloe leaves, sliced and crushed

Heat Vaseline on the stove on low, only enough to liquefy. Carefully drop the Plantain leaves into the liquid—it will quickly produce a mass of thick foam. Add the aloe. Let simmer until foaming has stopped. Pour through strainer back into Vaseline jar. If the liquid is too hot, wait a bit so as not to melt the plastic jar, but don't wait too long or it won't pass through the strainer. Let cool completely and close. Mark container and store on shelf. It is easy to make and works on bug bites, stings, cuts, sores, pimples, burns, and more.

Reader Comment:

I love shopping at your online store. You have great products and excellent service! Thanks! Recently, I tried making up a different variation of the Green Plaintain Salve. Instead of vaseline, I used Coconut Oil and/or Pure Olive Oil with Beeswax that I obtained from a local beekeeper. Before I poured it in my jar, I added some Essential Oil of Lavender. It has worked great on rashes, burns, insect bites and stings, cuts, etc.

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