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DIY FOR BUG BITES & BEE STINGS

HAPPY SPRING!!!

It’s that time of year when I make the PLANTAIN TINCTURE. This will be my 6th year making it and I promise I wouldn’t keep doing this if it didn’t work.  Plus, it’s seriously the easiest thing ever.  This single batch lasts all year and I even have extra to share with friends.  We use it for all the bug bites… spider, bee, mosquito, wasps (those evil little monsters) and also snake bites (not that I’ve ever been bit, but if I do…).  This can also be used for splinters.  The plantain has a pulling agent and it heals the wounded area really good!  I had a small allergic reaction rash on my arm to some grass or something last week.  I sprayed my potion on it and BAM!!!… the itching and bumps disappeared in a few minutes.  Watch the video and make some this season.  Parents, this stuff stinks and can sting a little, but send it to camp this year with your kids.  My kids friends now ask what that weird stuff is I make because they want some hehehe.  Check it out and watch the video ↓↓↓

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STUFF WE MAKE…of EDEN

My desire is to make my home an environment that promotes health.  I’m constantly evaluating our current conditions, making adjustments to brands and products and experimenting with alternatives.  I really started changing things during the “sick year” we had with my son.  Read post about that here.  I want to thank allergies, asthma and infection for waking me up to the fact that I can have more control over the health of my home than I ever imagined!  So here are some of the changes we’ve made.  I hope you find some of this helpful!

       ↓ YOUTUBE VIDEOS ↓

DIY Plantain Tincture Itch Cream – for bug bites, stings & more
DIY Bug Spray

DIY Tick Repellent

DIY Refresh Your Skin
DIY Foam Hand Soap

DIY Laundry Soap
DIY Dryer Balls
DIY After Sun Lotion
DIY Toilet Cleaner
DIY Dusting Spray
DIY Sink Cleaner
DIY Oven Cleaner
DIY Microwave Cleaner
DIY Glass/Mirror Cleaner
DIY All Purpose Kitchen Cleaner
Why Replace Chemical, Toxic Cleaners with Natural

DIY SHOPPING LIST HERE!!!

PURCHASE THESE PRODUCTS FROM MY DAUGHTER’S ONLINE BOUTIQUE

♥ OF EDEN ♥

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THE BEST “ITCH CREAM”… MOSQUITO BITES & BEE STINGS… PLANTAIN TINCTURE

I am HIGHLY attractive ♥ to mosquitos and other biting bugs – how nice – so I went on a mission to find the BEST way to stop the scratching… and this is what I found …
PLANTAIN TINCTURE
the BEST “itch medicine” I have ever used.
And I made it from my back yard!!
Plantain is an herb, often thought of as an ugly, annoying weed that grows in almost everyone’s yard.  After learning about this and using it, I promise you will change your opinion about it and want to harvest it!  In North America, the Native Americans use plantain to heal bites of all kinds: snake bites, venomous creatures, rattle snake and even mad dogs bites.  It is a “drawing herb” meaning that it pulls out toxins, infections and other foreign substances from the body.
I make this plantain tincture and keep it close to relieve the pain and itch from bee stings, insect and spider bites, poison ivy, and if ever needed, a snake bite.  In the case of a snake bite, I would apply the tincture and then seek medical attention.  This herb is known as “Nature’s Eraser”  I have noticed when using it on mosquito bites and bee stings, it doesn’t just temporarily relieve the symptom, but it heals the spot!  I love this stuff and hope you will try it.
  • A bunch of plantain leaves
  • A glass jar with a lid
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cheesecloth or a clean, white T-shirt
  • Dark glass bottles for storage
MAKE IT!
1.  Go explore your yard, or your neighbor’s if you keep yours in pristine condition 🙂
This is what it looks like.
The leaf is smooth and has veins on the underside.
2.  Gather up a bunch of the leaves and then wash them.
3.  Tear the leaves and make sure to bruise them.
I usually twist them tight, and then tear.
You can even crush them with the bottom of your jar.
4.  Put the leaves in a jar that can be sealed.
5.  Pour Organic Apple Cider Vinegar over the leaves
until they are covered.
6.  Store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks.
You will need to shake the jar once a day.



 TWO WEEKS LATER…
Grab your tincture, a clean container,
and your cheesecloth or white t-shirt.

 

Put your cloth over the top of the jar to strain the leaves.

Now you can discard the leaves and you are left with an
AWESOME tincture!
I like to have a large storage container to keep the tincture stored in the refrigerator (should be labeled :)),
 a smaller one to keep in the first aid kit,
and a purse size to have with me at all times.
Store in dark bottles to retain its potency for much longer period of time.
You can use a dropper to get it in to the smaller containers.
Try it out and let me know what you think!