Be careful on garden cleanup!
Tue, 17 Mar 2020 19:05:10 PDT
Plantain was mentioned just last week at an herb talk I attended.  Often,
it is chewed and then applied to the stinging nettle hit or other bite/sting.

Sonora, CA

> On Mar 16, 2020, at 8:59 PM, Cody H <> wrote:
> I wonder if it was plantain. I use plantain on bee stings for an almost
> instant reduction in swelling and pain to nearly nothing, works better than
> any other remedy I've ever tried. Never tried it on nettle stings though.
> On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 8:49 PM Randall P. Linke <>
> wrote:
>> My memorable experience with nettles was when I was 12 years old, visiting
>> friends of my parents in Scotland.  I was playing street tennis with a
>> daughter of their friends when I missed the ball.  I went to fetch it and
>> plunged my hand into a patch of nettles.  I have no idea what it was, but
>> the girl I was playing with ran over, grabbed a bunch of leaves from some
>> plant and rubbed it on my hand and the irritation was almost immediately
>> abated.  I've always wondered what this obviously common folk remedy was.
>> On Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 3:30 PM Jane McGary <>
>> wrote:
>>> When I lived in the Cascade foothills, my place had every kind of
>>> wildlife from elk to newts (even the mountain beaver). The most exciting
>>> (?) episode in the garden itself happened while I was showing a visiting
>>> couple the rock garden, accompanied by one of my female Malamutes.
>>> Suddenly the dog pounced on a big rock, shoved it aside, and dug
>>> quickly. She had found a nest of baby rabbits. She ate them right in
>>> front of my visitors. Fortunately they were outdoors people -- the man
>>> was an ichthyologist -- and were not horrified by nature red in tooth
>>> and claw.
>>> Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA
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