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This recipe is taken from James Wong’s book Grow Your Own Drugs.  It is amazing and highly recommended.

Plantain Cream

What you will need:

4 tbsp fresh plantain leaves

150 ml boiling water

2 tbsp olive oil or sunflower oil

2 tbsp almond oil

1 tsp beeswax

2 tsp emulsifying wax

2 tsp glycerine

1 tsp vitamin C powder


What to do:

Wash and chop the plantain leaves, placing half into a bowl and the other half into a pan.  Cover the plantain in the bowl with the water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.

In the pan, add the olive or sunflower oil and almond oil to the plantain leaves and gently heat to simmering point.  Do not allow to boil.  Once it is simmering remove from the heat and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

Drain the infusion from the bowl, taking out the plantain leaves.  Set the liquid to one side.

Drain the infused oil into another pan, taking out the plantain leaves.  Heat the oil again.  Add the beeswax and emulsifying wax and melt, stirring – you want a foaming consistency.


Add 16 tbsp of the infused water to the pan and whisk to achieve a consistency similar to a salad dressing.  Add the glycerine and vitamin C powder.

Pour into a sterilised glass pot and seal.


*keeps for 3 months in an airtight container placed in the fridge.

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