Now that I have that wonderful plantain infused oil, it’s time to make some anti-itch balm.
I’ve put 4 ounces of plantain infused oil into my double boiler.
To that oil I added approximately 1 ounce of beeswax. After the beeswax dissolved, I removed it from the double boiler. The more beeswax you use, the harder the balm will be.
I added about five drops of Vitamin E to the oil mixture.
I then added a tablespoon of vanilla cream fragrance oil hoping to cover up the plantain smell.
After all of that is stirred up, I poured it into my containers.
Now to wait until it cools and then try it on my bites.
Several days have gone by since I’ve made this. I have used it on some bites since my poison ivy is almost gone. It seems to help. I’ve applied it at night and then have woken up in the middle of the night and reapplied it. But once I do that the itching stops again. So for me it is working like the stuff from the store works and that’s a good thing!
What I’d do differently next time is pour this balm in push-up containers like I used for the Mango Lotion Bar. Or I could use less beeswax and more oil so it would be less solid. Either way would work. I’d rather put it in those little push up containers so I could rub it all over my itchies and not have to touch either the bites or the balm.
Another anti-itch product I want to make is with jewelweed which is great for poison ivy and just happens to grow next to the plant. We have quite a bit of it on our property. Hubby said he’d go out there once it blooms and pick me some to dry. I’m kind of scared to because of the poison ivy being nearby. More on that later.