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Friday, January 28, 2011

Treating Bee Stings

Plantago Major

A very good plant to use for bee stings and other bug bites when in a survival situation is the "Common Plantain" (Plantago major and Plantago lanceolata varieties).

This is a common plant found anywhere where soil has been disturbed.

You’ll recognize it growing in the cracks of your neighborhood sidewalks. It grows better than most other plants in compacted soils, and is abundant beside paths, roadsides, and other areas with frequent soil compaction. It is also common in grasslands and as a weed in crops.

Historical uses as a wound healer and snakebite remedy have been found to have scientific merit. Plantago major contains the cell proliferant allantoin, and is used as a replacement for hepatotoxic Comfrey in herbal preparations (commercial product Solaray Comfree). It also contains aucubin.

Traditionally used to prevent uterine bleeding after childbirth (made into a tea and inserted via a douche), it was also used to treat a variety of other ailments. There is a contraindication that seems to be missing from most of the current literature, however.

It is a potent coagulant. This can be tested easily by taking some water-based paint, making some plantain tea and mixing the two together. The paint particles will immediately permanently separate from the water.

Because of this unique quality, plantain was used as a wound dressing on the battlefield (it was also called "Soldier's Herb" which referred to this use). Due to these properties, people who take blood thinners or those prone to blood clots should never use plantain internally.

It is also reputed to have a calming effect on insect bites (flea, mosquito, horsefly, wasp).
(source: Wikipedia)

People who are alergic to bee stings may require special injection pen containing epinephrine. It helps dilate their airways.

Treating Bee stings and the like:

1. Remove the stinger if it is still present.
2. Clean the sting/bite area as best a possible.
3. Make a poltice from the Plantain plant and cover the wound with it using duct tape, bandaids or bandages.

You can use this treatment on a cut that you are having a hard time getting the bleeding to stop.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!



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  2. I was told this by someone who was supposedly reactive to bee stings. However, I have not seen this happen, it was just what someone told me, so take it for what it's worth. It's worth a try, but here goes: As soon as you get the stinger out, get a pen (regular ball point type, not a magic marker or crayon!) and immediately draw a small complete circle around where the sting has occurred. Supposedly this needs to be done ASAP, if you let yourself start to get too swollen up where the sting happened, it won't do any good.

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