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Since living in the Inland Northwest for some 34 years, I’ve noticed each summer brings a profusion of some kind of insect. I mean, there are always all kinds of insects, but one specific kind is particularly bothersome. This year the stingers are out in full force, especially yellow jackets. As the weather gets drier toward the end of summer they will start acting more and more aggressive and crazy.
When I get stung, I find plantain, pick the largest, healthiest, greenest leaf around, clean it off best I can, put it in my mouth, chew it up, and apply it to the wound. Within seconds, the sting is gone, and, if I get to it within a minute or so, no itchy bump is raised.
Plantain seems to prefer slightly shady moist places, but this common weed is also found in drier gravely areas along the edges of roads and yards. Time is of the essence in its efficacy in neutralizing the sting, so it’s smart to observe where the plantain grows before you get hit.
Much physical discomfort can be alleviated when people learn to see the medicine growing all around them, and properly use the healing herbs scattered over the earth for our benefit.
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