A friend shared a recipe with me for salve (or ointment, balm) made with plantain leaves. The recipe comes from MommyPotamus blog, here. I loved the idea of making a salve but wondered if I'd have difficulty finding plantain in Oriental. Homeowners here are, after all, pretty tidy with their lawns. Much spraying, mowing, edging, and so forth occurs.
So I took the doggies for a morning walk and ... boom! A few yards down the street, on the side by a ditch, there were plantain leaves -- plenty of 'em!
I chopped them all, leaves and stems, and put them in a large Mason jar, one quart size.
I used half olive oil and half coconut oil because I feel both oils have good qualities for skin.
The infusion in the heat should continue for 12-24 hours. I'll probably bring the jar in this evening but return it to full sun tomorrow.
And ... now it's Thursday, the plaintain oil is infused and put through a sieve to remove the leaves, and I've made the salve. It's a pale gray/green color from the leaves.
I'll take my tub along with me on vacation next week and use it while I'm gone to see how well it works. I'm bound to get a few stings, bites, scrapes and other skin afflictions while I'm traveling. Then I'll know if it's good enough for my customers.