I made my own healing salves… plantain and comfrey!
Why didn’t I know about comfrey when my boys broke their bones!
Andre just broke his knee last fall…
… so an herb that can help mend bones would have been appropriate!
Yup- comfrey can help knit bones together! It also helps bruises and other ouchies… but it shouldn’t be used on open wounds as it can heal it too quickly- trapping an infection!
I actually came across this herb by accident!
I ordered oatstraw leaves from Amazon and received comfrey leaves instead. After a quick phone call to Amazon, I got a refund… and I got to keep the Comfrey!
So- I decided to make three different kinds of oil-infused salves! Comfrey salve, plantain salve, and a combo salve!
How I made my salves!
- I measured out 1 cup of dried comfrey leaves and put it in a clean mason jar!
- I also put 1-2 a cup in a jar for my combo salve!
- I picked fresh plantain leaves 🍃 I checked each leaf twice- good thing since I found 2 slugs on the underside of the leaves!
- I put the leaves in a food processor
- I melted coconut oil and poured it into each jar (it was about 1 1/2 cups in each jar)
The hot coconut oil bubbled when I poured it on the leaves and the boys said it looked like minecraft potions!
- With lids on each jar, I put them in the crockpot on low for about 15 hours!
- Then, I strained the oils through a cheesecloth.
- And finally, I added 1 1/2 tablespoons of beeswax to each type of salve!
I hope I don’t need all this salve in one summer!!!
It has a shelf life of several years… if I don’t gift it away first! 😃