Make Homemade Herbal Soap: Common Plantain Soap Recipe

This homemade herbal soap can keep cuts from becoming infected and help speed healing.


Homemade herbals soaps are easy to craft and can help improve skin health.

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Antiseptic Herbal Soaps

Useful for keeping hands bacteria-free and for washing wounds, antiseptic soaps reduce the chance for illness to spread and for wounds to become infected.

Common Plantain Soap

Broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is a familiar and prolific weed. You have probably pulled it from your yard or garden, for it has become naturalized throughout the world. When freshly gathered and mashed, it offers a juice that is second to none as a wound-healer; it helps stanch blood flow and fights bacteria and inflammation.

• A handful of fresh plantain leaves
    (Substitute 2 tablespoons plantain oil—available in natural food stores—for the above mixture if fresh leaves are unavailable.)
• 1/4 cup liquid glycerin (available in pharmacies)
• 1/8 cup water
• 2 cups glycerin soap base

Blend the leaves with the liquid glycerin and water. Strain through a cheesecloth. Combine the mixture or the plantain oil with the soap base. Stir until blended, pour into molds, and cool.

For cuts: After washing a wound with Common Plantain Soap, prepare a poultice to apply to the wound. Take fresh, mashed plantain leaves and warm them by adding enough boiling water to make a paste. Apply the poultice and hold it in place with a bandage. You’ll be pleased with how quickly your wound heals!

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