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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.



(Image from: keeperofthehome.org)

For this badge bit, you will create a plantain leaf poultice.
- Make plantain leaf poultice, with pictures of it being made, and of it being finished.


Here are some links and videos to guide you in researching plantain leaves and in creating your poultice:
https://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Poultice
https://theherbalacademy.com/how-to-make-a-poultice-with-herbs/
http://www.healing-from-home-remedies.com/make-a-poultice.html
https://keeperofthehome.org/make-use-plantain-poultice/







To document this BB, post pictures or a 2-minute video depicting the following:
- Your plantain leaves being harvested
- Your poultice in mid-preparation
- Your completed poultice

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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.
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My journal page
My journal page
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Happy plantain under my apple tree
Happy plantain under my apple tree
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Leaf is harvested
Leaf is harvested
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Chewed up leaf on my owey
Chewed up leaf on my owey
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Secured with a bandaid (stayed on surprisingly well!)
Secured with a bandaid (stayed on surprisingly well!)
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Plantain poultice on sweat bee sting.

Never thought of using a bandage to hold it on. I would just put the poultice in some cheese cloth and swab the area periodically. Much better when it holds itself on.

Didn't need to add any liquid to the mash as the fresh leaves were plenty juicy.
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Recipe page
Recipe page
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Plantain plant
Plantain plant
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Picking leaves
Picking leaves
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Preparing to mash leaves
Preparing to mash leaves
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Mashed leaves
Mashed leaves
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Sweat bee sting on leg
Sweat bee sting on leg
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Poultice on sting
Poultice on sting
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I have not been stung or poisoned recently so I made a poultice for emergency use late:

Fresh plant:


Ready to crush:


On gauze, ready to freeze:


Ready to store in freezer:


Journal entry:


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This is certified!  BTW do you have a glass mortar? That gives me anxiety. 

 
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Ashley Cottonwood wrote:I have not been stung or poisoned recently so I made a poultice for emergency use late:
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Hi Ashley. Is it OK to keep the poultice in the freezer? Won't that influence the medicinal properties?
 
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Hi Inge,

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.  
 
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Spring harvesting it. I figured that the leaves would have better quality getting to it before the flowering started.
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The writing page
The writing page
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Harvesting
Harvesting
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Mincing and grinding
Mincing and grinding
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Freezing fully prepped for future use
Freezing fully prepped for future use
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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.
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common plantain
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chewed plantain poultice applied to hand
chewed plantain poultice applied to hand
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Plantain to the rescue! Not only did it provide immediate relief,  the itch never came back! Plants are magic!
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Plantain
Plantain
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Chewing
Chewing
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Poultice chewed and applied
Poultice chewed and applied
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Before
Before
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After
After
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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!
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Plant in my garden
Plant in my garden
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Harvested leaves
Harvested leaves
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Mid-preparation
Mid-preparation
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Soothing insect bites
Soothing insect bites
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