Introduction: How to Make a Natural Sting Remedy

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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

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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:

Step 2: Plantain

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Gather plantain leaves. Plantain is a weed as common as dandelions. Gather only the leaves from a yard that has not been sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, or non-organic fertilizer. Collect enough to fill your dehydrator, or enough for two cookie sheets. Rinse it off and dry it in a salad spinner or use paper towels. Dry it totally in your dehydrator or in your oven on it's lowest setting on parchment-lined cookie sheets. It's done when it's crispy. 

Step 3: Put It All Together

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Grind up the dried plantain leaves - a coffee grinder is great for this, but use what you have. Combine equal amounts, by volume, of bentonite and plantain powder. Mix it all up and keep it in a handy, air-tight container (I just use a Ziploc baggie, but you can use whatever you like). It should keep forever, approximately.

Step 4: Use It on a Sting

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When you get a sting, a mosquito bite, or run afoul of stinging nettle, just put a quarter teaspoon or so in the palm of your hand, add water to make a mud that is pretty damp, but not runny. Apply the mud to your sting and leave it to dry. As the mud dries, the poisons are drawn out of the sting. Once the mud is dry, just wash it off. You may find that you need to repeat this process after an hour or so, but for most stings this remedy works in one application.


Gilan (author)2015-01-13

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)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-11-30

Congratulations! you've made it to finals of the home remedies contest :)

Isn't it exciting?! I'm already planning my next Instructable :)

The mini Macgyver (author)2013-10-29

Thanks so much! Bugs seem to be attracted to me.

The mini Macgyver (author)2013-10-28

Where do you find plantain in Arizona?

According to this book, A Field Guide to The Plants of Arizona, meadows, fields, and lawns:

ezman (author)2013-10-10

Nice job shining light on this overlooked herb for its medicinal benefits. Plantain does an excellent job to remove foreign objects.

nicholsmom (author)ezman2013-10-12

Thanks. I do love plantain and it's just everywhere :)

uberchoob (author)2013-10-08

Nice ible!
Easy and inexpensive source of bentonite: cheap unscented kitty litter. Check the label first of course :)

nicholsmom (author)uberchoob2013-10-09

That just cracks me up. You know people use bentonite for all kinds of beauty treatments ... LOL
Thanks for the tip :) I'll check it out.

rimar2000 (author)2013-10-06

Mineral turpentine (paint mineral diluent) is also effective for stings.

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