How to Find Fast Relief for Wasp and Bee Stings

AdobeStock_114811240 Did you know you have a remedy for wasp and bee stings growing in your back yard?

This really comes in handy if you ever encounter an angry wasp or bee. I was rescuing a meowing kitten from the shed when my 6 year old was stung by a wasp.  They were flying all over the place and I suggested the girls wait outside, but my 6 year old insisted that if she stood still, the wasps wouldn’t bother her.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them”. 

Well…that philosophy didn’t work this time.  In just a few moments after her confident statement, she was screaming and crying from a wasp sting.  The stinger was still in her, so I knocked it out and did the first and best remedy I knew of that was literally growing where I was standing-plantain!

How to Find Fast Relief for Wasp and Bee Stings

1. Identify It

The first thing you want to do is identify the plantain. Memorize this plant ahead of time so you know how to use it for emergencies.

Plantain is a plant that grows everywhere except Antarctica!  It’s an astringent, meaning it pulls out poisons and toxins.  It can, of course be used for bee stings, spider bites (even ones like a brown recluse!), snake bites (even poisonous), bug bites, acne, etc. – just anything that needs those drawing properties.

Here is a picture of plantain in my yard – we have several plants.  Like I said, it grows all over the world!  They grow in different sizes and may vary in looks depending on the area of the world you live in.  I’ve even seen them outside small apartments that don’t have much of a yard at all.  Do you know millions of dollars are spent each year trying to get rid of this “weed”?  Most people don’t realize its value! 

Here’s a single plantain leaf I picked.  Notice that towards the bottom of the stem, it has a purplish color.  There are some plantain plants in my yard that don’t have as much of a purplish color on the stem – but they are still good plantain!  This is the front of it and..

…this is the back.  Notice how it has strong veins that are raised.  This plant has 5 veins on the back….

…but leaves from a larger plantain plant, like the one in my yard above, would have 7-8 veins on the back. 

2. Chew It

So…why do you have to chew on it?! Breaking up the leaves releases the properties of plantain that pull out the poison. You can also wet it and tear it up or smash it with a glass cup, but when my daughter is screaming in pain, I’d rather do what is quickest – even if it means eating a little dirt! 

When my daughter got stung, I grabbed about 4 leaves of this plant, chewed them up for 10 seconds and stuck it on the sting. Within 30 seconds she stopped crying, and within three minutes she was completely fine.  When I put the green goo on her, the sting was already swelling with a white, puffy area around it, and a large red circle around that. The swelling went down quickly after applying the plant! She only got stung once, but if there is more than one sting, make sure the plantain is covering each place and let it do its astringency work!

Below is a picture of her about 3 minutes after she got stung, showing us the plantain she’s holding on the sting.  See her smile? I know (from experience) she’d still be crying in this picture if it wasn’t for this wonderful plant!  When she first got stung, the last thing she wanted was for something to touch it, but I calmly insisted and told her it would pull the poison out. Children tend to be calmer when we are calm and use a soothing voice. For some stings, the pain may be there a little longer (like a hornet), or sometimes a wasp will sting harder than other times.  Plus, some people’s body chemistry reacts differently than others. Just patiently hold the plantain on the sting until the pain and swelling subsides.

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Above is her sting a few hours later~it wasn’t hurting at all.

 So if you encounter someone that is stung or bit, use the remedy that God created and placed in your own yard.

Just bend down, chew on some plantain and plaster it on them.  They may look at you strange, but they’ll thank you later! ;)  

Updated from it’s original publishing on June 8,2011

This post is linked to:  A Wise Woman Builds Her HomeThe Prairie Homestead

Instant Pot Giveaway for Mother’s Day!

  Close-up view of rice bowl on rustic wooden table, shallow DOF

Instant Pots are all the rage these days.  They seem to be on the top of most mom’s wish lists.  They are quick, convenient, and help to make delicious meals; why wouldn’t every mom or homemaker want (or need) one? 

Well, if you still haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon and bought yourself one, you have the chance to win one right here! 

I’m partnering with 24 of my blogging friends to give away FOUR Instant Pots!  Yup, FOUR!!  Just in time for Mother’s Day. (You can view which one here.)

Instant pots cut way down on cooking time. For instance, dried beans can be done in 40 minutes or less, brown rice in 22 minutes, and whole potatoes in 10! [1] Foods can just be thrown all together in one pot and be done in just a fraction of the time that it would take in the oven, on the stove, or in a crockpot. What busy mom couldn’t use this to help her with her meal planning?!

What an amazing gift that would be, right?! 

Need ideas for instant pot meals? Here are a few links to help:

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Now I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this instant pot giveaway, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries. 

And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are at winning!
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Ashwagandha Smoothie For Improved Energy, Sleep, Libido, and More

As I mentioned in my most recent email, here is the promised recipe for a great smoothie that can help improve sleep, energy, libido, plus relieve anxiety and support the adrenals! (If you are not a JHR subscriber, you can subscribe here to stay informed on all the new natural health updates as well as occasional information not shared here on the blog.) This recipe is taken from the newly released book Alchemy of Herbs. If you’d like your own copy, today is the day you want to buy it! More on that below.
Ashwagandha is the star herb in this smoothie recipe!
Ashwagandha is used to treat fatigue, insomnia, low libido, anxiety, asthma, arthritis, insulin resistance, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, reproductive health, and more! It’s adaptogenic (meaning it supports the adrenals and helps the body adapt to stress), anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, an aphrodisiac and an antioxidant. [1]
By simply adding this herb to a smoothie, you can improve your health in an easy way. I did tweak it slightly and that is indicated in the recipe in parenthesis. Trust me when I say that this recipe is delicious and so very healthy! 

Ashwagandha Smoothie 

This yummy ashwagandha smoothie is a great way to share the nourishing and supportive qualities of ashwagandha. If you have a sensitivity to dairy, use any nondairy yogurt of your choice. For the nut or seed butter, peanut, almond, cashew, and sunflower seed butters are all good options.
Yield: 5 cups, 3 to 5 servings
2 bananas (I used frozen bananas. This makes it thicker, which is how we like it.)
2 cups almond milk (I used one cup)
1 cup plain yogurt (I used homemade kefir)
1/2 cup nut or seed butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons ashwagandha powder (buy here)
2 teaspoons cinnamon powder (buy here)
maple syrup or honey, to taste (I omitted this because I add extra bananas if more sweetness is needed.)
  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into glasses. Use a spatula to get all the liquid from the sides of the blender—there are lots of good herbs in there.
  3. Drink immediately.
Recipe from Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalee de la Forêt (Hay House, 2017) 
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As I mentioned in my recent email, this book that I got this recipe from is now on my list of top favorites! Not only because it has food and medicinal recipes with beautiful photos and amazing information on each herb it covers, but also because it tells you HOW to use these herbs for different health ailments – which is hard to find in herb books!
You can purchase this book anytime in the future through places like Amazon, but if you buy one by tonight at midnight, you will not only get a discounted price (Amazon is supposed to raise the price next week), you will also get access to The Kitchen Apothecary Collection as part of a pre-launch bonus!

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Ashwagandha Smoothie
Serves 3
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  1. 2 bananas
  2. 2 cups almond milk
  3. 1 cup plain yogurt
  4. 1/2 cup nut or seed butter
  5. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  6. 2 tablespoons ashwagandha powder
  7. 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  8. maple syrup or honey, to taste
  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into glasses. Use a spatula to get all the liquid from the sides of the blender—there are lots of good herbs in there.
  3. Drink immediately.
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Jill's Home Remedies


  1. Alchemy of Herbs