Chances are you have this weed growing in your yard. You may have even tried pulling it up, or spraying it with something in an attempt to have the â€œperfectâ€ yard. But Plantain isnâ€™t just any old common weed, itâ€™s truly a miraculous herb. If you do have any growing in your yard, for heavenâ€™s sakes leave it there! One day youâ€™ll be glad you did.
Iâ€™d heard many folks bragging of the benefit of using a Plantain leaf to relieve a bee sting, but I must admit, I was a bit skeptical until one day when I saw this herb work itâ€™s magic with my own eyes.
It was a sunny Summer afternoon. My children were playing in the yard beside me as I hung clothes on our clothesline. They were crouching to examine a new-found insect, when my four-year-old decided it would be great fun to chase his sister with the bug. But seconds after heâ€™d picked it up and begun his game, I heard him shout loudly, which was immediately followed by screaming and crying. Now, this was very uncharacteristic behavior for my sweet boy, so I knew he must be really hurt.
I dropped what I was doing and ran to his side. Heâ€™d thrown the bug down, and was trying to stomp on it as tears continued streaming down his face. When I saw what the bug was, right away I knew he was in some serious pain. It was an Assassin Beetle, the Wheel Bug variety. If you donâ€™t know anything about this bug, they have the reputation of having a bite ten times worse than a hornetâ€™s sting. And the pain can last for weeks.
As my little guyâ€™s red, throbbing thumb began to swell, I went into action to find a remedy for his pain. After trying a couple of different things it suddenly hit meâ€¦ Plantain! I dashed to a spot in our yard where I knew some was growing, picked a leaf, and took it inside to wash it up. Next, I chewed it up (Mmmmâ€¦ tastes like grass), spit it out, and rubbed the green glob onto my sonâ€™s sore spot. I wrapped it with gauze to allow the leaf to soak up the toxins, and said a prayer that it would work.
An hour later, my little man was back to normal, playing as if nothing had happened and claiming to be pain free. I removed the bandage to find the swelling completely gone. I figured the pain might return later and Iâ€™d have to do another treatment with the Plantain. Imagine my relief when he went to bed that night still pain-free!
Now that I know the power of this healing herb, I can tell you it will always be welcome in my yard. With little ones outside playing and many stinging insects swarming in the heat of the summer, itâ€™s comforting to know that I have what it takes to ease their pain away naturally.
Have you ever used Plantain for a sting? Do you have any growing in your yard? Iâ€™d love to know if youâ€™ve had a chance to see what this healing herb can do.
Note: Lehman’s now carries Plantain Salve, made by the Amish in small batches near our store in Ohio. If you don’t have any growing near you, try this soothing all-natural salve on insect bites and stings, scratches, minor wounds, rashes and dry, irritated skin.
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on August 26, 2011 in Country Life.