My oldest daughter banged her head on the underside of a the chick brooder when she heard the ear piercing scream. It had come from just outside the barn stall where our toddler was standing. Quickly she rushed out to check on him.
His face was in anguish. But that wasn’t all that was on his little face. It also had the tell-tale sign of a sting quickly swelling on his right temple. She looked around and saw a few wasps fluttering about and surmised what had happened. Poor guy! Stung on the face by a wasp.
If you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, you know how unpleasant it can be. A sharp pinch followed by heat and more stinging. Bad enough for an adult, but for a toddler stung on the temple, ouch!
First Aid for Wasp Stings
Thinking quickly, my daughter scooped up the toddler and rushed him to the house, where Laura was tending to other farm-related chores. The sting was swelling rapidly on his young face and he was crying. Although certainly not life-threatening, this is a pretty traumatic experience for such a young one.
Laura looked down and found some broad-leaf plantain growing in the yard. She didn’t have to look far. We allow it to grow anywhere and everywhere it will. Not only do we avoid putting unnecessary chemicals on our small farm, we also like to make use of the natural resources that God has provided us. Plantain is one of them.
Laura picked a couple of leaves from the plant and crushed them in her fingers, allowing the inner juices to flow out. She applied those directly to the wasp sting and went inside to get a piece of ice.
She applied the ice to the top of the plantain so that the plantain was against the skin and the coldness from the ice could be felt through it. She held it there for a few minutes. Of course the toddler didn’t like having something cold held to his face and squirmed to try to get away. Eventually she allowed him to get down.
All was well. His crying had stopped and he was once again exploring the great outside. Thirty minutes later, we could hardly tell where the wasp had stung him.
Plantain: It’s Not a Weed
Common, broad-leaf plantain has many medicinal uses for the prepper and survivalist and this is just another real-world and practical one.
The irony is that people spend millions each year to rid of this and other “weeds” from their yards. Yet the same people spend good, hard-earned money on over-the-counter remedies for many of the same ailments that the “weeds” that they just poisoned would have treated.
Have you tried plantain?