Our first course with herbalist Sarah Hughes was a great day…there was even a real wound to dress!!
Gillian didn’t hurt herself on the course but was eager to have her grazed knee looked at by our course tutor, medical herbalist Sarah Hughes.
The plant Sarah recommended for a healing poultice was Ribwort Plantain. It has the ability to draw out dirt or sand impurities and effectively clean the wound. Ribwort Plantain also has antiseptic properties which kills germs and create a clean environment for the wound to heal.
Ribwort Plantain Poultice
To make the poultice collect up a good handful of leaves, wash and dry, then chop well. Grind up in a pestle and mortar, then put the resulting green paste onto a gauze pad. Carefully place this poultice on to the wound then tie the dressing pad on with a bandage. Cover the whole dressing with cling film. Replace the dressing every 6 hours for 24 hours and then leave to heal in the open air. If the wound becomes inflamed or red see a doctor.
When we emailed to find out how Gillie’s knee was doing she replied “Knee doing very well…looking very clean and much less red. Complete convert.”
It has a strap shaped leaf with distinct ribs – hence the name. The flowering stems grow up to 60cm and are topped with black torpedo shaped buds which become brown as a ring of pollen covered anthers work their way up the flower. It is a perennial plant so can be found year after year.