The bugs are terrible this year! I am not sure if it is because of the mild winter temperatures or early spring but they are thick. I am particularly sensitive to bug bites and always have been. So this spring I am experimenting with making some homemade salves and cures to help get me through the long summer months. I always have a healthy crop of plantain in my yard and outlying pastures which is supposed to be great for bug bites. So I picked some and washed it well. After it was dry I cut it into small pieces with scissors and added it to a small jelly jar.
Then I covered it with olive oil. I am going to let this sit till June. Once the bee farm in the neighboring community starts harvesting their honey in June I always buy a gallon or two along with fresh beeswax. I hope to mix this oil once strained with beeswax to make a medicinal salve for my bug bites and skin irritations.
I also want to experiment with doing this with Mullein leaves and flowers as well.
Anyone else make their own salves, tinctures, flavorings and cures? I would love to hear about them ! Especially those for bug bites..
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter