Plantain Pain Relief Remedy For Bee Stings

Herbalists swear by fresh leaf poultices for relieving insect stings and bites and superficial wounds.

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Herbalists swear by fresh leaf poultices for relieving insect stings and bites and superficial wounds. They call the plant “backyard Band-Aid.” This remedy uses the leaves of a plantain (Plantago species), a weed found in most fields

The plantain leaf provides an immediate outdoor remedy. It contains substances that are soothing, pain-relieving, and astringent. A 2012 test-tube study showed that leaf extracts help heal scratches in a layer of cells taken from the mouth. (This test, called a scratch assay, mimics wound closure.)

What You Need

  • 5 to 10 plantain leaves

Preparation And Use

1Tear the leaves in half and mash them between your fingers to create a pulp and release the tannin juices.

2Apply the pulp and juice to the sting area for about 30 seconds.

3Repeat as needed.

Yield

1 Application

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