22 responses to “Plantain Insect Sting and Bite Remedy”

  1. Kristina

    Great post! I remeber as a young child, that my Granny used to chew up some English Plantain into a mush and rub it on a bite or a cut , whenever me or my sister needed it.wonderful little herb.

  2. SeaBird

    Okay, I have a dumb question… is this the same as the plantain plant that produces fruits similar to the banana? We have a ton of those here in Miami, but I think this must be a different plant altogether…?

  3. renee @ FIMBY

    fabulous. Another post I will link to. We love plantain and I made a tincture last year that I think turned out almost too strong. The kids find it a packs a bit too much punch. Maybe I should make a fresh batch for winter skin stuff. During the summer is just find some and chew it up.

  4. Maggie

    Perfect timing, I just found a bunch of these at the river not knowing what it was and brought some seeds home to plant (and got attacked by sandflies in the process) I might have to go back and get some leaves for my nasty bites.

  5. Sarah

    My boys had so much fun pulling this up out of the yard tonight! We have some huge plants and they use the seed stalks as swords…..it’s nice to know a use for it though!

  6. latisha

    wow! i think someone told me this is native to the sonoran desert (where i live in AZ). my herbalist aunt is always talking about it. beautiful picts.

  7. Carrie

    Wow! This was sooooo useful! I’ve been pulling (and pulling, and pulling and pulling) plantain from my lawn. It has been extremely invasive in my yard. Now I know what to do with it! I will be out “weeding” today and my kids and I will make the tincture and oil. Yesterday I made calendula salve (a la Waldorf) and it is amazing! I’m wondering if you make the plantain salve the same way you make the calendula salve….hmmmmm? Many, many thanks for all your wisdom :)

  8. Annie

    Thank you so much for these simple recipes!

  9. Mona

    Ah, I’m such a big fan of plantain as well. Never tried a tincture, though, so I’ll try that out.
    When my girls had chicken pox/varicella I tried different remedies, but nothing really helped. But then they thought of plantain themselves, which they found was much better that anything I could think of. What a sight it was; two little girls running half naked in the garden, red spots all over, picking and chewing plantain and rubbing themelves in! Plantain is ofen the first thing they think of when getting a scratch or something, and I’ve heard them teaching other children about it. That makes me so proud! :)

  10. dongdong

    very interesting, Lisa. I’ll have to keep my eyes open and see if I find some. Glad you are back. Hope everything went well.

  11. April

    Excellent post, Lisa!
    Plantain is one of our most relied upon herbal remedies, but we usually use the chew and stick method. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve relied on this humble plant for bee stings. I’ve got to make some blue plantain tincture now, though.

  12. Stephanie

    around here, alas, is what I was trying to say. I got cut off.

  13. Stephanie

    We’ve been using basil which works nicely for bee/yellow jacket stings (my dh).

    Oof, I really have to get on to the makings!! I’m having a hard time finding mullein this year, as the forest service is taking it out because it’s invasive!! :/ Need to at least do what I can….

    (We don’t have plantain around here.)

  14. tara

    I am pretty sure I’ve seen this growing in our back weed patch :) Very interesting post!

  15. Nikki

    Definitely going to give this a go. How long do the vinegar tinctures last roughly? Also, random question if you are able to help. I have some herbal books from the US that simply refer to “violets” – what variety are they likely talking about, or are all violets equal? I have sweet violet and heartsease and wonder if they come under the violet category?

  16. Forrest

    This was awesome!! I’m such a newbie, I just love the jars and all the oil. I don’t think I would stand a chance trying to identify plantain in the wild. But I’m gonna try! Thanks Lisa.

  17. debbie

    we love plantain here! i often hear my girls passing on their knowledge of how helpful plantain is for bee stings, mosquito bites, scraped knees…thank you for sharing these recipes!

  18. kyndale

    Hi Lisa, I don’t think I’ve seen this in my yard! I’ll really have to keep my eye out because this is something we could use around our house. Glad you’re back! :) Kyndale

  19. Amanda

    This was INCREDIBLY useful! I have plantain all over my garden and kept pulling it out and throwing it away. We are so making both the tincture and the oil. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  20. The Magic Onions

    You’re a treasure trove of knowledge! Glad you’re back, I’ve missed you.
    Blessings and magic.

  21. Emily

    My mom and I were just looking at these things in the yard today. Can’t wait to tell her they’re useful! I’m going to collect some right now…

  22. Jane

    I have heard of this before but never tried it. You’ve motivated me. I’m going to go out in the morning and pick some.