Bees, Bites, and Poultices
by Anne Knoflicek
Plantain contains healing properties that can be easily accessed through a simple “spit” poultice. The sooner you apply it, the faster your relief.
PLANTAIN ‘SPIT’ POULTICE
1. Positively identify plantain (very abundant, especially in lawns)
2. Chew leaf until it is soft, and spit onto bug bite, sting or wound
3. Cover with a bandaid to hold it in place
4. Remove, refresh, and reapply whenever pain or itching returns – every few minutes to every few hours.
Saliva contains anti-microbial enzymes that protect our mouths and digestive systems from the outside world. These protective enzymes are the reason most animals instinctively lick their wounds.
Even so, if you or your family member is uncomfortable with the saliva aspect of this method, simply chop the plantain with a knife or put it in a blender with a little water to release its healing juices.