wondering if I can use glycerin to soak fresh plantain instead of oil to infuse the properties before adding beeswax for a salve?
Will it draw out the healing properties as well as oil?
And, if so, how long do I need to soak herbs in it before making the salve?
To make a salve you need to make an herbal oil first and you must use oil (olive oil, coconut, jojoba..) not glycerin which would be used to make a tincture to take internally. Susun typically recommends to use 100 proof vodka for tinctures unless for animal consumption.
Here is an article with detailed instructions on making herbal oils http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/July09/breasthealth.htm
Also for plantain specifically:
Preparing plantain leaf
Spit poultice: Pluck a fresh plantain leaf and chew it well; then spit it on the wound.
Pounded poultice: Pound a large fresh plantain leaf between two stones; apply to wound.
Infused oil: Fill any dry glass jar, large or small, with chopped fresh plantain leaves. Then fill jar to the very top with olive oil. Cover well. Label. Place in a bowl or on a plate. After six weeks, decant and use.
Ointment: Warm infused oil. Add a large spoonful of beeswax to the warm (not hot) oil and stir with your finger until it melts. Then pour your liquid ointment into small jars. The more beeswax you use the harder the ointment will be.
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Wise Woman Team
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