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My DS's ped said on Monday that I could mash up plaintain and put it on his bug bites to take the swelling and redness down a bit. She also said it would stop the itching. Has anyone heard of doing this, and does it work?
 

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I don't know, but aloe vera (straight from the aloe vera plant) works great.
 

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Plantain works great on bites and rashes. In fact I used to put smashed up plantain leaves in my dd's nappies to get rid of diaper rash.<br>
It grows everywhere and kids can pick it and use it themselves easily.
 

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So, do I have to use the leaves? I was thinking more of buying a plaintain at the grocery store. If I have to grow it myself, it definitely won't work. I don't have the space to grow anything that my son and cats can't get to, plus I tend to have a black thumb.<br><br>
Same goes for growing aloe plants. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I used it as a kid. It worked for me.<br><br>
Yeah, you use the leaves. Just rip it and crush it with your fingers and wipe it on the bite.<br><br>
I just find them growing in the grass. No need to plant them. I don't know if you can find them at a nursery, they're considered weeds.<br><br>
It looks like this: <a href="http://www.greatgrass.co.uk/Pictures/Plantain.JPG" target="_blank">http://www.greatgrass.co.uk/Pictures/Plantain.JPG</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So, do I have to use the leaves? I was thinking more of buying a plaintain at the grocery store. If I have to grow it myself, it definitely won't work. I don't have the space to grow anything that my son and cats can't get to, plus I tend to have a black thumb.<br><br>
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Oh, you were probably thinking of a plantain - as in the banana family?<br><br>
Your ped was referring to Plantago lanceolata, the common garden weed.<br><a href="http://www.naturalfamilyinfo.com/Plantain.html" target="_blank">http://www.naturalfamilyinfo.com/Plantain.html</a><br><br>
You'll see it everywhere now that you know what it looks like. The seeds are psyllium seeds.<br><br>
Yes, you just pick the leaves and crush them. Sometimes we chew them slightly to masticate them well.
 

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I don't think I have seen those plants growing around here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> She specifically said that it was the plaintain that looks like a banana though. Maybe she has never actually tried it, and got them mixed up. Back to searching for something to help DS's mega reactions to mosquitos...
 

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I don't know whether she was talking about the banana vs. the weed, but I do know there is a traditional African "black" soap called Alata or Abike (one is the brand & the other is the type of soap) that is made from plaintain skins (the banana) and coconut and some other good stuff. You could try washing with that and see if it helps.
 

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There are little seed pods that stick out. I guess they kind of look like bananas?<br><br><a href="http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/plantain2.JPG" target="_blank">http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/plantain2.JPG</a>
 

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I've never heard of the banana-like plantain being used for bites but there are dozens of articles online about using the weed plantain to treat mosquito bites:<br><br><a href="http://www.docmisty.com/?p=6" target="_blank">http://www.docmisty.com/?p=6</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_2072571_treat-mosquito-bites-baby.html" target="_blank">http://www.ehow.com/how_2072571_trea...ites-baby.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.henriettesherbal.com/faqs/medi-3-1-mosquitoes.html" target="_blank">http://www.henriettesherbal.com/faqs...osquitoes.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.naturalfamilyinfo.com/Plantain.html" target="_blank">http://www.naturalfamilyinfo.com/Plantain.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/Natural-Health/2006-05-01/Natural-Mosquito-Repellent.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.motherearthnews.com/Natur...Repellent.aspx</a><br><br><a href="http://organicgardening.about.com/od/weeds/p/Plantains.htm" target="_blank">http://organicgardening.about.com/od.../Plantains.htm</a>
 

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DD was stung by a bee last summer while at a local reservoir, DH found some plantain weed leaves and put them on the sting. It really helped to reduce the swelling and the pain.
 
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