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3 Wild Plants That Relieve Minor Stings, Burns and Itches

These common plants can help if you have a minor scratch, burn, sting or itch.



Broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is common in yards, sunny meadows and woodland clearings. Roll up one big plantain leaf and rub it between your hands with a few drops of water until it’s like a slimy wad of green gum. Place on stings or bites for nearly instant relief.



Aloe (Aloe vera) grows wild in the desert, so of course it survives as even the most neglected houseplant. Unrooted sprigs can go months without water, so you can carry a piece in a plastic bag as part of a first-aid kit. Break it and smear the juice on a mild burn to cool the pain and help speed healing.



Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) grows in the same areas as poison ivy: sunny creek banks and shady flood plains. Crush the juicy stems between your hands and smear them anywhere that’s been exposed to poison ivy for quick relief.

6 Comments on 3 Wild Plants That Relieve Minor Stings, Burns and Itches

  1. the scout // May 26, 2021 at 7:57 am // Reply

    whoa, never knew any of this except for jewel weed and aloe vera.

  2. very helpful will use for next campout

  3. Jewlweed also does well on stinging nettles.

  4. I use aloe on sunburns.

  5. Yes I Have Finally Found How To Cure These Things

  6. Awesome I can use this at my next campout

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