Cooling Aloe Plantain Cubes

Keep a stash of these cooling Aloe Plantain Cubes on hand to help soothe sunburn, rashes, minor scrapes and other skin irritations. Simple to make and only requires two ingredients!

Only two simple ingredients are required to make these natural skin soothing cubes.

Stash them in your freezer and pull out as needed for sunburn, minor scrapes, rashes and other skin irritations.

 

Aloe Vera and Plantain Leaves Ingredients

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Ingredients Needed

  • 1/2 cup (approximately 3 g) fresh plantain* leaves, roughly chopped or torn
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) aloe vera gel (I like THIS KIND)

Mountain Rose Herbs has a lovely aloe vera gel that does well in this recipe, but you may be able to find some in your local grocery or drug store. Read labels carefully to try to get a brand with as few additives as possible.

If you have a good supply, you can also harvest and use aloe gel from your own homegrown plants.

* Plantain is a common leafy weed found all over the world and should not be confused with the other plantain, a fruit that resembles a banana. If you have a yard, you probably have some plantain growing around you. You can read more about plantain and what it looks like HERE or HERE.

 

Directions

Place the plantain leaves and aloe vera gel in a mini food processor (like THIS ONE) and blend together thoroughly. It’s normal for the mixture to sometimes get frothy in the process.

Strain the now green-colored aloe through a fine mesh strainer. If you used an extra thick type of aloe gel, you might need to mix in a little bit of water so it’s thin enough to strain.

Use your fingers to squeeze and press out all of the remaining aloe from the leaves. This part will get a little messy!

Spoon or pour the infused aloe into ice trays and freeze until solid. Remove the cubes from the ice trays and store them in freezer safe containers or bags for around 6 to 9 months.

As needed, remove one cube from the freezer at a time to rub on bug bites, sunburn, minor scrapes, rashes or chafed skin in need of soothing.

aloe & plantain cubes

 

Update – If Using Dried Plantain

In the comments below, Kathy wondered if you could use dried plantain instead. I was curious myself so did a quick test batch.

It worked in a similar way when I made the recipe using 1 tablespoon of finely ground dried plantain leaves instead of fresh.

However, even after straining I noticed it still left a few plantain speckles on my skin. (See a photo of that HERE.) If you don’t have a problem rinsing them off later, you can use dried plantain in this recipe.

Another idea that might work (I’ll test it out when I restock my aloe supply) is to hydrate the dried plantain leaves in a bit of water first before blending with the aloe.

 

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Aloe Rose Skin Soother | Lavender Plantain Lotion | Dandelion Lotion Bars

Aloe and Rose Petal Skin Soothing Gel  This easy-to-make Lavender Plantain Lotion is a wonderful all-purpose moisturizer, that’s suitable for most skin types. Plantain is a beneficial green weed that commonly grows in yards and driveways. You can use the leaves to make a fantastic infused oil, that can be incorporated into salves, lotions, creams and soaps. It’s excellent at soothing any type of itchy or inflamed skin condition. Lavender essential oil adds a light fragrance and some of its own skin-soothing properties. Another option is to add lavender buds to the oil, while infusing plantain, for a faint lavender scent. You could also skip the lavender, and just make an unscented lotion, instead.  Dandelion Lotion Bars

 

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5 Responses to Cooling Aloe Plantain Cubes

  1. Clara says:

    Such a simple recipe, but very helpful. Thank you!

  2. what an awesome recipe thanks-would this work with dried plantain too

    • Hi Kathy! I’m glad you like the recipe!
      I wasn’t sure if dried plantain would work, so did a quick little experiment to see. I updated the post above with my results & a photo, but basically it will work, it just might leave some plantain speckles on your skin.
      Thanks for asking – that was a great question! :)

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