Avoid Bothersome Bites and Stings

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The grass is green, the sun is out and flowers are blooming. It makes you want to stay out all day and enjoy it. It’s too bad that bugs feel the same way. These critters are lurking and you may find yourself under attack. If you get bit or stung, there are natural remedies that can offer relief.

When you get a mosquito bite or bee sting, you now have a small wound containing bacteria or venom which is inflamed, uncomfortable and can get infected. To find quick relief, you can look in your cupboard.

For mosquito bites, bee stings or spider bites, my approach is to make a paste from red, white or green clay and apply it to the bite. It acts as a drawing agent to pull toxins to the skin’s surface thereby reducing pain and swelling.

If you do not have clay on hand, try one of these methods: For bee stings, make a paste with a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of water. Apply it to the affected area with your fingertips to neutralize the venom. I have used this remedy and found immediate relief. With mosquito bites, apply white or apple cider vinegar.

For inflammation from a bug bite, my go-to answer is to place a drop of undiluted Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil on the spot. Essential oil of Basil (Ocimum basilicum), mixed into a teaspoon of aloe vera, is an antimicrobial treatment for stings.

Chris Kilham, medicine hunter for Fox News, reports that Tamanu oil (Calophyllum inophyllum) “relieves pain and itching from bites very fast, possesses anti-microbial properties, and heals skin quickly. Tamanu is powerfully anti-inflammatory, reducing redness and swelling. Tamanu kills bacteria, viruses and fungus…I never leave home without it.”

Next time you get bit, get the sting out the natural way.

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