Plantain (Plantago spp.): --young leaves can be eaten raw. --leaves are best finely chopped or when cooked with fibers removed. --seeds can be dried and ground into flour/meal. --make a poultice using leaves for sores, bites, bee stings, etc. --varieties in the Pacific Northwest are Common Plantain (Plantago major) and Narrow-leaved Plantain (Plantago lanceolata).
Calamine lotion used in the 1950s for sun burn, poison ivy blisters. It is a chalky pink color. Calamine is either a mixture of Zinc Oxide with about 0.5% ferric oxide or a zinc carbonate compound. In a 1992 press release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that no proof had been submitted showing calamine to be safe for use or effective in treating bug bites, stings & rashes from poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac.
My kids all know to find plantain and use it on nettle stings and bites and such! "Plantain has often been the go-to remedy for hikers plagued by mosquitoes. Because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes."
You’ve stepped on it, ignored it, and tried to eradicate it from your lawn. However, this innocuous little weed is one of the most useful medicines on the planet, just begging to be harvested. There are two major types of plantain in BC, Canada: Lance and Broadleaf. Generally, all 200-plus varieties of plantain yield [...]