What? or Why? seem to be the most likely responses to my title, “Celebrating my first Plantain Spit Poultice.” I’d always heard that plantain was good for mosquito bites, but had yet to try it directly on myself. When I got bit today and watched yet again my typical response to bug bites; the standard over- reacting skin, which swells immediately into a huge burning lump, I decided to not put up with the irritation and future itching. I immediately looked online for directions to use plantain for bites. And there’s a zillion articles on the poultice. The random article that I chose to whole heartedly believe and follow convinced me to put these plantain leaves into my mouth and start chewing. Surprisingly, the taste was “greenish” as they suggested it would be, almost palatable. And I only chewed them for about 5 seconds.
A plantain spit poultice is what is created when you pick some fresh leaves off of a plantain plant in your front lawn, rinse them off with water and pop a couple of these leaves into your mouth to be chewed into a mash. Mash is apparently the official word for the chewed-up, saliva-coated, bright green blob that results from said chewing. The mash is then placed, in my case, on the mosquito bite which is a huge swollen spot on my skin the size of a quarter. The mash is covered with a bandaid to keep it in place and to help it stay moist. The burning sensation went away instantly, once I applied the mash to the bite. I left it one for about an hour and then took it off. Miraculously, for my skin, the swelling was GREATLY reduced and the bite was only a tiny red bump on my skin. I would hesitate to say I am looking forward to using this amazing herbal remedy again, however, should the opportunity arise; I’ll be chewing my leaves again.