Live Forever Plant

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Live Forever Plant
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 1
Sedum purpureum known by its more common name "Live Forever" is a hardy plant that can survive in a variety of locations and regenerates quickly, which is how it received its name.

Recently, I was stung by a bee and my husband told me to grind some of the leaves into a paste and place it on the sting. At first I was a little cautious because I didn't have much knowledge or experience working with the plant. However, I did as was suggested and to my surprise the swelling and pain went away rather quickly.

I asked my husband how he knew about this and he said that it was an old remedy that his mother and grandmother used when he was a child. Of course, I went out today and harvested a shoot of the plant off of my father's plant and brought it home. With my own little one starting to run around I thought it would be a good idea to have one on hand just in case she were to suffer a bee sting.

I wanted to share this little bit of information with everyone. I thought it might come in handy in the future.

On a side-note, if you can't gain access to or purchase one of these plants then toothpaste works well on stings too. Personally, I've found that minty toothpastes seem to work the best.

I've added a link below that has information about the plant, its habitat, etc.

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Re: Live Forever Plant
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 2
Interesting. I never heard of this plant, I'll have to look into its medicinal properties. Thanks!

As for bee stings the treatment I know of is activated charcoal tablets. You can carry them in your car or bag and if you're child is stung, you just crush one, add water or spit if you don't have water and apply it. The charcoal draws out the venom and reduces the swelling.
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Re: Live Forever Plant
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 3
It probably goes by another name, but I've always heard it referred to as "Live Forever" here.

I've never heard of using charcoal tablets, but I have heard of people crushing aspirin, mixing it with a small amount of water, and then placing it on the sting.
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Re: Live Forever Plant
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 4
Very interesting post Lonicera .When i was little girl one huge bee stang me on the neck and my grandgrandmother which was herbalist peeled one garlic clove cut it and applied it on the place .I had to hold it of course for some time, but it worked .
In our traditional folk medicine we apply against swelling also onion either finelly choped and applied as compress or either the juice or piece of it is applied topically .I know each household has garlic and onions in store ,so if nothing else is available those can be put in use .
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