Plantain is a such a fun and useful natural option for bug bites and stings that your dog (or even you!) might encounter. You can have plantain oil on hand like I do, or use straight plantain leaf from the ground. The plant itself is all over and can be found in almost any climate.
The reason plantain is such a great all-natural option is because it’s an astringent which means it draws out the excess inflammatory fluid from inflamed tissue and heals as a result. It’s an all natural healer and anti-inflammatory and can be used to flush out bug bites, stings, poison ivy, or used on top of the irritation to heal.
Make a Plantain Poultice
Poultice means: a soft, moist mass of material, typically of plant material or flour, applied to the body to relieve soreness and inflammation and kept in place with a cloth.
To make the poultice pick a bunch of plantain plant and chew or grind up some leaves and apply them right on the affected area of your dog’s skin.
Use the oil along with some distilled water to flush out any bites or skin irritations, or place 1-2 drops directly on the affected area. Plantain oil also feels cool and soothing when directly applied. It relieves any itching as a result.
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