I have combined the natural toxin-drawing property of bentonite and plantain to make a quick remedy for stings from all kinds of insects as well as from plants like stinging nettle.

Step 1: Bentonite

First order bentonite if you don't have any. It's a dehydrated cosmetic clay that comes as a powder. For this recipe, the fineness of the powder doesn't matter. Here's a link to one I use: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064O9C3C/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i04?ie=UTF8&psc=1
<p>Ive heard that wasps sting is acid based while a honeybees sting is base based so treatment for the two stings are entirely different does this remedy address both possibilities or is this information wrong (I wouldn't be surprised I'm a beekeeper but I read this out of a random book and never bothered to confirm it)</p>
Congratulations! you've made it to finals of the home remedies contest :)
Isn't it exciting?! I'm already planning my next Instructable :)
Thanks so much! Bugs seem to be attracted to me.
Where do you find plantain in Arizona?
According to this book, A Field Guide to The Plants of Arizona, meadows, fields, and lawns: http://books.google.com/books?id=BSL5GpkChegC&amp;pg=PA243&amp;lpg=PA243&amp;dq=plantain+arizona&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=_PpjVMLnYC&amp;sig=4NsHanR3GejEgwqkoOmSPybLVr8&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=tRpvUqkBybDJAYTTgdgC&amp;ved=0CFgQ6AEwCg#v=onepage&amp;q=plantain%20arizona&amp;f=false<br>
Nice job shining light on this overlooked herb for its medicinal benefits. Plantain does an excellent job to remove foreign objects.
Thanks. I do love plantain and it's just everywhere :)
Nice ible! <br>Easy and inexpensive source of bentonite: cheap unscented kitty litter. Check the label first of course :)
That just cracks me up. You know people use bentonite for all kinds of beauty treatments ... LOL<br>Thanks for the tip :) I'll check it out.
Reply <br>Mineral turpentine (paint mineral diluent) is also effective for stings.

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