Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stings and Bites, Bring on the Herbs

Spring Flowers are popping up all over the place.  This is such a pretty time of year. The new buds and flowers are waking up from their winter slumber.  As much as I love this time of year, I know that it is the time of year that brings some pesky little critters.  Yes, I’m talking about bees, mosquitos, hornets, wasps and so many more that bite or sting.  I know that most are beneficial creatures, but I have had my fair share of run-ins with them.  I would like to say that I have learned a way to keep from being stung or bit, but unfortunately I have not, entirely.  I have, however, found a few ways to deal with the bite or sting when they happen. 

 Bring on the herbs

*         Plantain is a wonder plant for such a situation.  If you get stung, grab a plantain leaf, squish it a bit in your fingers, and hold it on the sting.  I find that this doesn’t need to stay on long, but 5-10 minutes is a good idea.  This can also be applied and held in place with a bandage in place of any creams, salves or medicines. Change the leaf every 6-10 hours for best effectiveness.

*         If you don’t have plantain growing in your yard, or you aren’t sure what the plan is, Apple Cider vinegar can quickly help with the pain and swelling of the bite/sting. Apply it as soon as possible to the area, and keep applying a few times for relief.

*         To keep the area from swelling, you may need to apply a cream, balm or salve that is made from plantain or comfrey. 

This information is intended for people who do not have a serious allergy to bites/stings.  It can be used in conjuction, but should not replace replace medicine if you are prone to serious reactions.

Please enjoy the outdoors, and all the plants and creatures in our world.  When we are faced with challenges such as bites or stings, nature provides a remedy.  You just have to be willing to learn how to use it.

May all of your days be sting free.

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