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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.



(Image from: keeperofthehome.org)

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.

Optional:
- 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.

Here are some links and videos to guide you in researching plantain leaves and in creating your poultice:
https://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Poultice
https://theherbalacademy.com/how-to-make-a-poultice-with-herbs/
http://www.healing-from-home-remedies.com/make-a-poultice.html
https://keeperofthehome.org/make-use-plantain-poultice/







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

Optional:
- Your journal page about the attributes of plantain leaf
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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.
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My journal page
My journal page
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Happy plantain under my apple tree
Happy plantain under my apple tree
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Leaf is harvested
Leaf is harvested
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Chewed up leaf on my owey
Chewed up leaf on my owey
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Secured with a bandaid (stayed on surprisingly well!)
Secured with a bandaid (stayed on surprisingly well!)
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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Plantain poultice on sweat bee sting.

Never thought of using a bandage to hold it on. I would just put the poultice in some cheese cloth and swab the area periodically. Much better when it holds itself on.

Didn't need to add any liquid to the mash as the fresh leaves were plenty juicy.
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Recipe page
Recipe page
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Plantain plant
Plantain plant
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Picking leaves
Picking leaves
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Preparing to mash leaves
Preparing to mash leaves
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Mashed leaves
Mashed leaves
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Sweat bee sting on leg
Sweat bee sting on leg
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Poultice on sting
Poultice on sting
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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I have not been stung or poisoned recently so I made a poultice for emergency use late:

Fresh plant:


Ready to crush:


On gauze, ready to freeze:


Ready to store in freezer:


Journal entry:


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This is certified! BTW do you have a glass mortar? That gives me anxiety.

 
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Ashley Cottonwood wrote:I have not been stung or poisoned recently so I made a poultice for emergency use late:
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Hi Ashley. Is it OK to keep the poultice in the freezer? Won't that influence the medicinal properties?
 
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Hi Inge,

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.  
 
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