When we filled the jar about 3/4 full, I took it inside and finished filling the jar with Organic Cold Pressed Olive Oil, to cover the leaves by 1-2 inches. I’ll let it sit for a few weeks before straining it off and storing it for use.
We use them all the time for stings. Just chew up a leaf and place it over a bee sting or insect bite, and hold it there for a few minutes. It’ll soak the poison and pain right out. The Narrowleaf would be the best choice between the two, but Broadleaf works as well.
I like to make an infused oil from the fresh leaves, to use during the winter when the plants are dormant. You can use the strained oil as is, or you can use it to make a salve by adding melted beeswax and other herbs and essential oils if desired.
The oil or salve is great to use on insect bites, skin irritations (like Eczema), wounds, cuts, scrapes, diaper rash, poison oak/ivy, and burns.
Wellness Mama has a great article with more information on Plantain and its many uses, if you wanna check that out.
It’s also perfectly edible, and really nutritious. You can eat it raw in salads, but I’ve found that even young, tender leaves are a tad too bitter and veined to be purely enjoyable. A good survival food? Yes. But to eat it on a daily basis… meh. I’ll have to experiment with cooking it to see if it’s better that way.
Do you harvest Plantain in your area? What’s your favorite way to use it?