It is spring again and time for the bug bites. Lots of water and lots of rain in the forecast. All conditions are good for insects. Everything from a mosquito to a spider can cause extreme difficulties to the human body. The problem is not the injury or insect bite but is the venom that it leaves behind. This is a defensive mechanism that happens for example a bee hive detects danger. When someone is stung by an insect; the area becomes swollen, red extremely painful or burning, however if difficulty in breathing, hard to swallow, disorientation, swelling around the eyes and mouth, you should consult your physician or health care provider immediately.
Mother Nature gives us numerous insects and beetles that can be a dangerous to us; also some are required by Mother to help us survive. She also gives us lots of herbs and alternative medicines that can help us to survive the uncomfortable bites and itching. I will try to show you how to make natural repellants and counter-active procedures. We do not have any evidence that natural repellants are better than commercial ones but we do know that they seem to be safer for the person and the environment. We know that they also smell better and we know we do not want to rub toxic materials on our bodies. The earth is in balance and she wants us to use everything that is good for us while we walk this path to the “Spirit World”.
Remove the stinger do not squeeze it; it will inject more venom into the area.
Clean the area, Crush Plantain leaves extracting the juice and put it on the affected area. Another way is to apply tooth paste to the area.
OHH: Did you know granulated sugar can be used to prevent scarring of the wound?
Insect Bite Lotion
1 tsp. of Lavender essential oil, 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil, Mix the ingredients and apply liberally to the affected are. Do not apply around the eyes. Lavender reduces itching and swelling.
Extra Strength Sting Poultice
1 tbsp. Echinacea root tincture, 1 tbsp. distilled water, 1/8 tsp. lavender essential oil, 1 tbsp. bentonite clay. Mix the Echinacea, lavender and water. Add liquid to clay slowly stirring. Once mixed the mixture should stick to the skin. Apply on the injured area. Store the poultice in a jar with the lid secured properly and tight. If it dries just add more water to soften.
OHH: Did you know that a sliced onion placed on an animal bite can discourage infection and draw poison out? Jewelweed is used to reduce itching and soothe the skin, take two or three leaves and stem, break the open and apply the juice to affected area.
Ant and Stinging Nettle Medicine
The allergic reaction from an ant or stinging nettle is caused from formic acid and can be neutralized by using 1 tsp. of yellow dock leaf tincture and 2 tbsp. of baking soda. Mix the ingredients and apply as needed.
Homemade Insect Repellant
2 oz. vodka (Do not drink), ¼ tsp. citronella essential oil, ¼ tsp. eucalyptus essential oil, ¼ tsp. pennyroyal essential oil (Do not use during pregnancy), 1/8 tsp. cedar essential oil, Mix all the ingredients and apply on skin, do not apply around the eyes.
OHHHHHH’s DID You Know???
Mice Repellant: Here is a quick tip for keeping mice and squirrels out. Mice: Take some old panty hose. Make sacks and fill them with peppermint leaves. Tie the bags securely and toss them under the bed and in areas that mice would stay. Especially under the stove where you store your pots and pans. They lie in wait for tidbits that come from the top of the stove. Smart little critters since they have been around longer than us humans. Huhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
Squirrels: They can become unwanted guests also. Here is what to do if you find them in basement, attic and chimney. Reach for your after shave. It might smell good to us but it is repulsive to squirrels. They will be packing their suitcases and leaving very soon.
This information is for educational purposes only. Always consult your health care provider or physician before using herbs or alternative medicines.
Walks With Hawks Harvey Doyle, BSNH