Herbal Remedies For Relief Of
Bites And Stings
Let’s say you are taking a leisurely stroll around the
neighborhood one afternoon when the neighbor’s dog decides that
you resemble a pork chop.
Or let us say that you take a relaxing dip in the ocean, only
to find that you have dipped headfirst into a pool of
Or let us say that you are cleaning the attic when you realize
that you have disturbed the spring sleep of a hornet’s
Whatever the case bites and stings can mean serious
business. Even minor injuries should be treated by a health
professional. However, if the injury is minor, you can also
help find fast relief through several gentle yet effective
herbal home remedies.
Here are a few ideas to help treat minor bites or
The most important plant for treating any number of bites or
stings is the plantain. The plantain is a common plant that is
loaded with healing tannins. The chemicals contained in
plantain act as a kind of astringent that helps tighten the
skin tissue so that the irritation and inflammation can be
The chemicals in tannins also help draw out the skin.
Plantain is an exceedingly common weed that grows in many
places. The plant itself can grow from 6 to 18 inches high, but
it can also grow flat to the ground, especially in high-traffic
areas where it is frequently mowed or walked on.
The plant is round and waxy. The plant's leaves are a dull
green, and range in size from 3 to 4 inches long. The leaves
contain deep parallel veins that run from the bottom of the
leaf to the top. The plantain leaf usually has a stem those
cups inward, much like a trough. The plant grows green flower
spikes that resemble pipe cleaners. These flower spikes usually
sprouting from early summer to the middle of
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The Healing Beauty of Borage
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Plantain is your number one ally in fighting the pain and
swelling associated with most bites and stings. If you have a
bee sting or mosquito bite, you can use plantain to find fast
relief. Use a handful of plantain leaves to create a fast
Simply rinse the plantain leaves with cool,
clean water, put them in your mouth, chew them up to release
the tannin, and then place a wad of the chewed plantain leaves
right over the afflicted are for fast relief. This may sound
strange, but it has helped many find relief for centuries. If
chewing strange leaves doesn’t appeal to you, you can also
vigorously rub the leaves with your hands until the juice is
Lots of herbs have anti bacterial
properties, including Echinacea.
If you are suffering from a dog bite, you can
also use plantain to create a healing poultice. First, you must
scrub the bite area clean with soap and water. Be as thorough
as possible. Simply use a handful of rinsed plantain leaves in
a blender, add a few drops of hot water, and blend on low. Then
apply this mixture directly onto the wound. Place an adhesive
gauze over the area, and apply a heat source over the poultice,
you can use a hot water bottle or heat pad.