I've always wanted to try the field-medicine use of plantain. I've always just chopped it up with a knife, but I thought I'd try it the chewing and applying method. It surprisingly sticks well to the hand this way--it does not when chopped with a knife.
It is my understanding that the anti-inflammatory compounds, present in plantain, are not drastically inhibited by freezing. However, water is not the best stabilizer for for these compounds so it will deteriorate over time, hence the note in the medicinal journal to use the poultice within 1 year. If you wanted to use plantain for some of its internal uses you would not want to freeze it.
It always best to use these herbs fresh; however, I live somewhere that snow is on the ground nearly 6 months of the year.
So, I stuck my hand somewhere I shouldn't have and found a wasp nest. Luckily it was late in the evening and they seemed to be uninterested past the initial interaction. After the sting I went found some plantain in the yard and went to work. I was in a bit of a rush so I chewed it and applied it directly to the spot and it started to feel better very quickly.
I read and saw the videos about the Plantain Poultice and I thought: that's what I need!
I knew where to find some Plantain leaves.
I made the needed photos too to get this BB.
Plantain was growing in my allotment garden.
Plantain leaves in the blender, before...
... and after.
Put the blended Plantain stuff on a piece of cloth and then where I needed it.
There was a very red spot at the backside of my left knee. As far as I could see there were some small 'bite marks'. Probably a very small creature (spider, centipede, ant?) had been trapped inside my trousers and then bit me. And then inflammation came. So this Poultice must be helpful!
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
I have a lot of plantain in my lawn. It gives the neighbours something to tut at!
I harvest with a small pruning knife, cutting just above the root. The curved blade means I can be pretty precise and just collect the plantain.
I sorted through the plants, removing all the good undamaged leaves which I then washed.
I then chopped the leaves up before crushing in a pestle and mortar.
I used an old bed sheet that I had previously made into rags, ripping into strips that were long enough to tie around a limb. I made five poltices and tested one on myself. The other four went in a repurposed, clean, bag in the freezer, labeled and dated.
My teething, breastfeeding baby has me in a lot of pain. Knowing the antibacterial, wound-healing properties of plantain, I'm using it today. Hopefully she won't mind the flavor of plantain on my skin!
(Reminder to myself) God didn't say, "well said, well planned, and well thought out." He said, "well done."
I was bitten by many little insects when clearing some beds in my mother's garden a few days ago and decided to make a plantain poultice to sooth them.
I harvested some ribwort plantain from my garden (note the, I think, beautiful Indian grindstones in the background which I hope to one day put back to work) and then chewed it up (it's pretty astringent!) and applied it to my arm. I secured it with some paper for easy composting!
Small-holding, coppice and grassland management on a 16-acre site.