"When the dog bites; when the bee stings; when I'm feeling sad.I simply remember my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad."
Thinking happy thoughts may work well for Julie Andrews, but around here the only thing on our minds after getting stung is PLANTAIN!
Not to be confused with the banana-looking tropical fruit found in Asia, plantain is a common weed found in backyards and fields all over North America. You probably have some growing in your own yard, unless your lawn happens to be manicured. Ours isn't.
Plantain grows in groups of 3 or more leaves. The leaf does not have one main vein, but rather all veins are individual and lead into the stem.
So now that you can easily identify the weed, what exactly should you do with it and how does it help with bee stings? Glad you asked.
Chew a large piece of the a leaf until it's well crushed and a bit gooey. Then slap the green goo onto the site of the sting (if the stinger is still present, remove it by scraping a plastic card-such as a credit card-across it till the stinger comes out). Plantain is a powerful astringent and as it begins pulling the poison out of the wound, the pain will ease. Usually within 10 minutes the pain has subsided.
A common scenario around our country home is a child gets stung and immediately begins hunting for plantain. If the victim is in terrible pain, a nearby sibling will usually come to their rescue and find the plantain for them. They all know what to do with the weed, including 4 year old Michael Ray. I usually never hear about the incident unless I happen to witness it while in progress.
None of our children have ever been bit by a snake, thankfully. But there are copperheads and rattlesnakes on our property. Should anyone ever be so afflicted, we will immediately apply plantain to the wound and have the victim sip charcoal water (which helps neutralize and purge the toxins internally) during the 45 minute drive to the hospital.
Perhaps Julie Andrews' song does apply. When it comes to dealing with bee stings, plantain is our favorite thing!