July 26, 2010
Let's revisit two of my all time favorite, easy to grow, easy to use backyard herbs. Comfrey & Plantain. I'm not a certified herbalist, I'm just a girl with a garden. So trust me, if I can grow and use these two herbs so can you.
my backyard comfrey
This is a simple recipe using comfrey and plantain to make a poultice or paste to relieve itchy insect bites.
I'm not exactly sure which component of this recipe is most effective at relieving the itch. Is it the herbs? Maybe the clay? The apple cider vinegar? Or the tea tree oil? You may have success with just one of these ingredients or various combinations of them.
Experiment mixing your own proportions according to what you have available. None of these ingredients are harmful to skin though I wouldn't recommend applying this paste to an open sore.
During the summer it's great to use fresh herbs on your skin, especially chewed up plantain which has relieved our family of bee sting and mosquito bite itches. However, I find this dried herb and clay mix to yield a better consistency for applying to the skin. Also, this mix will store well for years in a dark cupboard and be handy whenever you need it.
If you are new to herbs and want to learn more I recommend Making Herbs Simple DVD set. These videos teach simple recipes with easy to understand instructions - how to find and identify herbs in the wild, drying and storing herbs, and how to prepare tinctures and poultices.
What natural remedies do you use to relieve insect bites?
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