American Bushman

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Hiking with Jake

It was a beautiful day for a hike and Jake and I took full advantage by heading for the local woods intending to just knock around for a couple of hours before coming home to dinner with my in-laws.

The mosquitoes had a different idea entirely.

We never even made the treeline. They mossies were so thick that we lasted nearly 15 minutes before throwing in the towel. I must have chased away dozens from poor Jake--he's got that sweet blood they like so much. Even I got bitten a few times.

We really tested the broadleaf plantain's ability to reduce the swelling and itchiness of mosquito bites and it does work quite well. I just pluck up a leaf, chew it for a few seconds, and then rub it on the bite...a few seconds later the swelling goes down, the itch goes away, and all is well...

Thanks for reading,



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