Foraging has become a regular part of my routine. It not only provides an opportunity to add extra food to our table, but we’re also able to use a lot of what we find in the woods or fields of our property as natural treatments for everyday annoyances like acne or clogged pores.
Did you know that you can treat skin blemishes, naturally, using plantain?
It’s true! Plantain is one of those troublesome plants that people often go out of their way to weed or spray chemicals on to keep them from popping up. Since learning about herbs, I smile when I find it growing, and I usually collect it and put it to good use! If you’re not familiar with plantain, please check out my post on how to find, identify, and use plantain.
Before you start using plantain in your skin regimen, I will warn you about one thing; your skin may look worse before it gets better. Since plantain helps to draw things out and clear out your pores, when you first begin to use the extract, you may experience some breakouts. This is normal, especially if you are used to using soaps or facial products with chemicals. I encourage you to allow yourself to go through the process and make it past the break out period. It’s worth it! And if you’re ready to give a natural face wash a try, I can’t recommend a better method than using raw honey. Not sure how to do it? That’s ok! Just give my article on using raw honey as a face wash a quick read!
Switching to a do-it-yourself skin care routine couldn’t be easier with a recipe that requires so few ingredients. All you have to do is grab a glass jar (mason jars work GREAT!), some fresh picked or dried plantain, and apple cider vinegar. Really, that’s it!
Our plantain extract recipe is easy-peasy. All you have to do to get started is stuff a jar with fresh plantain until it’s nearly full, or fill about half way with the dried herb. If you’re using fresh plantain, make sure to clean it and bruise the leaves prior to stuffing into the jar. This helps you to get the most healing power out of the leaves. Once you’ve done with that, simply fill with apple cider vinegar, seal the container, and place in a cool, dark place for about six weeks. You’ll want to give the jar a little shake ever day or two to help disperse the herbs and sediment, allowing the most to be extracted over that time.
If you’re unable to forage for plantain or it’s not in season where you live, you can purchase it online for a reasonable price somewhere like Amazon. And remember, it doesn’t matter if you’re foraging or shopping at the store; it’s important to know where your herbs are coming from and if they are sprayed with chemicals. It’s really easy to forget that public places, like parks or roadsides, are often sprayed with pesticides. It’s always best to gather from places you know are safe and chemical free!
Have you ever tried using plantain to treat a skin condition? What was your experience?