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Thursday, June 1

Teaching Kids About Herbs : Plantain


June's herb is plantain....for bee stings, bug bites, poison ivy, and all the 'extras' that summer brings!

Plantain
Just the Facts
  • Plant Description : Plantain has long, ribbed green leaves and taller yellowish-brown flowers.  You will often find it growing in the cracks of your sidewalk.
  • Parts to use : Leaves and root
  • Used primarily for : Bee sting, cuts / sores, poison ivy / oak, skin inflammation
  • You can make : Poultice, salve, foot powder, lip balm

Projects
  • Skin Poultice : Mix a handful of leaves with 1 tsp of water, and mash up well.  Place directly onto affected skin area.  For a quick poultice, grab a few leaves and chew them up, then place them onto the area.
  • Poison Ivy Tea : Mix 1 Tbsp plantain leaves with 1 cup hot water, steep 5 minutes, and strain the leaves.  Dip a washcloth in the tea and wash the affected area several times a day to help soothe the rash.  If you have an internal rash, you may drink the tea.

Do if Yourself!


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