Natural remedies for bites and stings
Whether you're staying at home or travelling to even fairer climesâ¦. Be sure to protect yourself and your children from bites and stings. They come in all shapes and sizes but one thing they share in common is they're all annoying uncomfortable!
As summer arrives, so do numerous biting and stinging things, such as wasps, bees and mosquitoes. The UK is just as vulnerable to these creatures as foreign climes, and I recall suffering my most severe mozzie bites in West Sussex!
There are lots of natural methods to reduce the effects of bites and stings, but remember, if you or your child begins to experience any itchiness in the throat or mouth, and a sense of swelling, it is imperative to get to a hospital as quickly as possible.
Fortunately, cases of anaphylaxis from insect bites are relatively rare, and help is at hand from a whole range of products which you may have at hand in the kitchen.
I have in my time come across a wealth of amazing tips, including using hair spray, soap, glue and deodorant on bites and stings. I've come across them but to be honest I haven't yet used one of them.
These are my favourite tried and tested tips to deal with bites and stings:
Immediately after being bitten or stung, apply ice to the area to cool it and help to remove the heat from it
Vinegar is extremely good for wasp and bee stings â it disinfects the area and neutralises the stinging affect.
A drop of tea tree will numb and sterilise the area
Chamomile essential oil helps with itchy and heat, and you will smell lovely too!
Aloe vera gel is great for soothing itchy skin (also fabulous for sunburn)
For wasp or bee stings you can take the homeopathic remedy APIS 30 (available over the counter from chemists and health food shops). One dose every hour for the first three doses and then as needed if the symptoms become bothersome
For mosquito bites I find that the homeopathic remedy LEDUM 30 is more useful. Frequency of dosage is the same as for APIS above.
If you are visiting a mosquito-prone area, the best tactic is prevention. You can make your own natural repellent by mixing:
3 parts citronella essential oil
1 part thyme essential oil
2 parts lavender essential oil
1 part eucalyptus oil
in a small amount of vodka and then diluting with spring water.
Mosquitoes don't like the smell of garlic so taking a supplement of 15mgs a day may help (it may be advisable for everyone you are with to take it if you don't want to become a social outcast!). Don't take the odour-free garlic though, as that won't achieve the desired affect.
Vitamin B1 (300 mgs daily for adults, 100 mgs for children over 3 years old) can also prevent you being bitten, as can a glass of water containing a teaspoon of cider vinegar daily (good luck getting the children to drink this!)
Mosquitoes tend to be more active at dusk and dawn, so covering up in the evening is essential (the trousers-tucked-into-socks look may not be hot on the catwalk, but it can save lots of discomfort later on!)â
âEnjoy the weather when you can and enjoy the outdoors. Follow these tips and don't let those nasty little stinging things catch you unawares!
Freddie St. George
Freddie St.George is Managing Director at Mojo Publishing Ltd. He is a father to two daughters and loves classic cars... especially Minis.
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