For this badge bit, you will create a plantain leaf poultice.
- Make a journal page about a recipe for plantain leaf poultice along with dosage information.
- Make plantain leaf poultice, with pictures of it being made, and of it being finished.
- Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and how to ID and how to grow plantain leaf. Add it to the herb section.
To document this BB, post pictures or a 2-minute video depicting the following:
- Your journal page about your recipe and dosage information for plantain leaf poultice.
- Your plantain leaves being harvested
- Your poultice in mid-preparation
- Your completed poultice
- Your journal page about the attributes of plantain leaf
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.
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.