You can also make Jewelweed ointment by simmering a small amount of Jewelweed in light vegetable oil (any vegetable oil except olive oil, which burns) 10-15 minutes. Use only a small handful of Jewelweed stems per quart of oil, or bubbles of Jewelweed juice will form in the ointment and go moldy. Strain out the herb, add a handful of beeswax to thicken it, and heat until melted. Take out a spoonful and let it cool to test the thickness, and add more oil or beeswax as needed. Add the contents of one oil-soluble vitamin E capsule, a natural preservative, and let it cool. Refrigerated, it lasts for months."
This is supposed to work well on burns, like you would use Aloe Vera. Just break open a leaf and rub (gently of course) the liquid on the burn area. I will have to try this next time I burn myself. I'm a klutz, so it's inevitable. ;) It's also said to relieve sores on the skin and snake and insect bites and stings. There is a lot of information about medicinal values of Purslane, and I'd like to get into more detail later. Native Americans have used it for things like earaches, diarrhea, burns, and bruises.
This tends to grow wild in gardens and other disturbed areas and is usually pulled out as a weed, but these are edible also. (See my Wild Edibles post.) It's very good for you, full of vitamins and far more omega 3 fatty acids than other plants.
(Coptis groenlandica/Coptis trifolia)