My husband and 11 year old son were outside and were not near home. My husband got stung by a wasp on the hand near his thumb. It hurt a lot and he was worried that his hand would swell up. My 11 year immediately started looking in the grass for a plantain leaf. Though it is nearly winter he found a small one. He handed it to his daddy and said, "Here. Chew this up and put it on the sting." So, he did. He chewed up the leaf and put it on the sting and covered it with a bandaid that he had in his car. Within minutes the pain was nearly gone. At night, he removed the bandaid. There was no swelling. No redness. No pain.
Unfortunately, we didn't continue treating and two days later he has some itching and swelling today. (Which only confirms to me that the plantain was fighting the reaction to the sting.)
But still. I am thrilled that this amazing remedy is out there for the taking!
~Mama to Many~