I’ve posted remedies for bug bites and stings before, but seeing that it’s that time of year again here in Northern Michigan, we’ll do another round. Below are a few remedies to keep on hand, including a few ways to keep them away in the first place.
Ledum – This remedy is a remedy used mainly for puncture wounds, which makes it wonderful for stings and bug bites. It’s a great remedy for spider bites, especially if there is swelling and/or inflammation. It is also recommended for bites that become infected and are suppurating. In addition, it is helpful for thos who have an extreme reaction to mosquito bites, including great itching and swelling.
Apis – This homeopathic remedy is made from the honey bee, therefore it is the first remedy to thing of if you are stung by a bee, yellow jacket or wasp. It can lessen the pain and reduce the swelling/redness almost immediately. It is also extremely helpful for those that are allergic to bees. The sting/bite that requires this remedy will be puffy, tender, red and may burn. Cold applications help alleviate the pain with this remedy/sting.
Silicea – This remedy can help to extract a stinger if it’s lodged in the skin.
Aconite – This remedy can be used if a person becomes fearful and panicked after being stung. If this is the case, this remedy should be used immediately after the sting. Once the person has calmed down another remedy, more specific to the sting itself, can be used.
Hypericum – This is one of the first remedies to consider if a sting/bite occurs in a nerve-rich area of the body, such as a fingertip. Shooting nerve pain will come from the location of the sting if this remedy is indicated. Numbness and tingling may also be present.
Lavender Essential Oil – While this remedy is not homeopathic, it is wonderful for reducing the itch and swelling of mosquito bites (not to mention it smells good). Just put one drop of Lavender oil directly on the bite.
Select the remedy that best matches your symptoms. A potencey of 6C, 6X, 30C or 30X cam be used. The number of the times a dose should be taken depends on the severity of the sting. The more the severe the reaction to the sting the more frequently a dose can be taken. Discontinue taking the remedy once improvemt occurs. If you are uncertain which remedy to use, contact a Certified Classical Homeopath for assistance. If the sting causes a severe allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention.
To help keep the bugs off you in the first place, without using those chemical-ridden bug sprays, you can take a small 2 – 4 ounce glass spray bottle, mix 5 – 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 5 – 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil and fill the remainder of the bottle up with distilled water or witch hazel. Shake vigorously until well mixed. Spray on your skin when going outside. Geranium oil and citronella are other useful oils. Not only will it help keep the bugs off of you but it smells wonderful!
Another great place to start bug control at home is in your garden! Fill your garden with lemon balm, geranium, mint and other fragrant herbs to help keep the bugs at bay. Many herbs do well in pots and can be kept on patios and decks.
Our favorite and most fun form of bug control we have in our yard is our chickens. If you have the room and the means, we highly recommend! Not only do they provide great bug control but the eggs are delicious!
Have a wonderful (bug-bite-free) summer!
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