Summer days are here at last! There are lighting bugs to be caught, vegetables to be harvested, berries to be picked, and BBQs to attend. Kids young and old have the itch to spend as much time outside as possible.
Speaking of itching, with summer comes hand-in-hand with bugs. Even with homemade bug repellent. Even with homemade bug repellent, somehow you still get a bite or two. To easily and inexpensively relieve the itch, pick a plantain leaf (one that you know has not been sprayed), chew it up, and place it on the bite. However, this is messy and not everyone has plantain around, so this only works for some people.
Let me introduce the “bug bite stick”. It is a simple salve made from plantain, echinacea, and lavender, stored in a chapstick tube. Join me at Traditional Cooking School to learn how to make it!