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Jewelweed And Plantain Salve Recipe


  • Collect all of the jewelweed leaves, flowers, and above ground stem parts that you want to make a batch of salve. I typically use a 2 to 1 ratio of jewelweed to plantain.
    jewelweed and plantain leaves
  • Tear, rip, or chop all of the jewelweed parts into small pieces. Inspect the leaves, flowers, and stem parts for signs of brown or bug bites. Pitch all but healthy greens or flowers.
    shredded jewelweed leaves
  • Forage for the amount of plantain needed to complete the amount desired for the batch of salve.
  • Chop or tear the plantain leaves into small pieces, as well.
  • Rinse the plant parts in cool or cold water, and then allow them to dry completely. You do not want to add any water or excess moisture.
  • Put the jewelweed and plantain pieces into the crockpot.
  • Turn the slow cooker on the lowest heat setting.
  • Cover the plant parts with your favorite carrier oil - I typically use olive oil or almond oil. It takes roughly one cup of the carrier oil per three cups of plant parts ratio to ensure the green matter (and possibly jewelweed flowers)is thoroughly covered.
    covering plants with olive oil
  • Gently mash the plant parts into the oil to completely saturate them. The photo below shows how the jewelweed and plantain mixture should look about 30 minutes into the process.
    mixture after 30 minutes
  • Many folks who make salve in the crockpot keep the lid off of the slow cooker during the entire process, but I like to leave the lid on for the first 30 minutes or so. This is how the salve mixture should look at roughly the two hour mark.
    mixture after 2 hours
  • Leave the mixture in the crockpot for approximately four hours - with the occasionally mashing down and stirring of the plant material. I typically give the plant parts a nice turn, and mashing about once per hour. When the four hours are up, the jewelweed and broadleaf plantain mixture should closely resemble the image in the photo below.
    mixture after 4 hours
  • Strain the liquid and plant matter through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer - saving the liquid in a bowl situated beneath for the actual salve making. I highly recommend double or triple layering the cheesecloth so it forms a thicker base for the jewelweed and plantain salve mixture to filter through.
    strainer with cheesecloth on top of it
  • Push down on the plant matter left in the cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer to get as much liquid out as possible. But, be careful not to push so hard that tiny fragments get through.
    straining the mixture
  • Any matter that gets through the cheesecloth or strainer and into the liquid can make it into the salve and cause bacteria to grow -reducing the shelf life of the salve.
    mixture in cheesecloth after being strained
  • Straining the liquid through the cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer a second time to help reduce the matter fragments from getting through is highly recommended.
    straining the mixture a second time
  • The strained liquid mixture will look similar to that shown in the image below:
    strained liquid
  • Rinse out and completely dry the crockpot while the jewelweed and plantain mixture is straining and settling for a few moments.
    4 oz of salve in measuring cup
  • Pour the still warm to hot strained liquid back into the clean and dry slow cooker.
    pouring liquid into slow cooker
  • Measure and pour in the beeswax now. I use a ratio of roughly 1 part beeswax to 4 parts carrier oil - or three tablespoons of wax to 1 cup of the jewelweed and plantain processed oil. Using beeswax pastilles or finely chopped fresh beeswax out of your own hive will substantially speed up the melting process.
    1 tablespoon of beeswax
  • Turn the crockpot back to the warm or lowest heat setting, and allow the beeswax to melt and become thoroughly stirred into the liquid.
    melting beeswax
  • The photo below depicts how the wax will look when it has been melting into the jewelweed and broad leaf plantain salve mixture for about 10 minutes:
    melting beeswax after 10 minutes
  • The melting beeswax after a couple stirs at the 20 minute mark.
    melting beeswax after 20 minutes
  • This is how the beeswax will likely look about 30 to 35 minutes into the melting process - after having been stirred once again:
    melting beeswax after 35 minutes
  • This photo of the beeswax was taken about 45 minutes in. Until the camera flashed it was impossible to see the small bits of the wax still in the crockpot. After stirring, it only took another five minutes for the wax to be completely melted into the salve mixture.
    melting beeswax after 45 minutes
  • Pour the jewelweed and plantain salve into containers with a firm fitting lid to store. It will likely take overnight for the salve to completely harden.
    jewelweed and plantain salve in containers