4. For the tincuture simply add the apple cider vinegar to the top of the jar. Make sure all of the plants are submerged under the liquid. Take a knife and push the plants under if need be. Close the jar and shake daily, check to see that all plant material remains under the liquid line.
We use the vinegar tincture for immediate relief of scratches(cat scratches too), cuts, rashes, skin irritations, bug bites and stings; just stick a cotton ball into the vinegar and dab onto the skin sore. For a dry scalp dilute the vinegar with water and use as a rinse in the shower (be sure to rinse well so you don’t smell like a walking salad).We will use the oil for soap making and salves (future posts); or you can add the oil to your favorite lotion for dry or irritated skin.
**You don’t have to make the plantain medicines to take advantage of it’s medicinal powers. Should you get bit or stung, pick a plantain leaf, chew some in your mouth, then put it directly on the sting. My 14yo neigbor boy thought this was the coolest thing to do to a bug bite (Ha, this being the same boy that puts worms in his mouth to get a reaction from the Little Ladies).
You can also dry or freeze the leaves for a tea when you have a sore throat or bronchial problems come flu season (a drop of honey will sweeten the grassy taste). If you dry the leaves, use a food dehydrator, plantain must be dried quickly or it will lose its medicinal qualities. Fauna even carries a plantain leaf in her backpack that goes everywhere with her “just in case.'” I encourage you to go into your yard and try this, it’s so easy and a way to learn to appreciate those friendly little misplaced plants!