Natural Bug Bite Remedies

If you are spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, learn how to naturally combat a variety of bug bites naturally with these tips and tricks.

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    If they are attached, it’s imperative that the ticks be removed without leaving their heads embedded in the skin.
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    “The Natural First Aid Handbook” is a useful tool for natural remedies, treatments and emergency preparedness.
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If you do not like to use chemicals on your body and would like to use a more natural approach, The Natural First Aid Handbook (Storey Publishing, 2017) by Brigitte Mars, is the book for you. Find herbal and homeopathic treatments for common conditions as well as tips to be prepared for emergency situations. This excerpts can be found in chapter 2, “An A-Z Guide to Ailments and Injuries.”

Bug Bites

Bug bites can make forays into nature perilous if they cause itching, stinging, swelling, redness, and irritation.

At-Home First Aid for Bug Bites

Ants and bees. Treat ant bites topically with apple cider vinegar, green clay moistened with vinegar or water, cucumber juice, or a plantain leaf poultice. You can also try applying mud, lavender or tea tree essential oil, or a paste of baking soda and apple cider vinegar to help neutralize the formic acid in the bite.

Caterpillars and centipedes. When brushing off hairy caterpillars, do so from tail to head, or irritating hairs may remain in your skin. Apply lavender essential oil to their bites. Echinacea tincture can be used topically and internally (1 dropperful 3 or 4 times daily).

Mosquitoes. Apply mud, witch hazel, lemon juice, moistened vitamin C powder, apple cider vinegar, peppermint, a plantain leaf poultice, or lavender or tea tree essential oils to the bite.

Ticks. Brush them off clothing or flick them off skin. If they are attached, it’s imperative that the ticks be removed without leaving their heads embedded in the skin. Do not traumatize the tick or squeeze its body in the center. Either use a tick scooper — a plastic device available from your vet — or sterile tweezers to grab the tick as close to the head as possible. Pull the tick straight out and use the tweezers to remove any part left in the wound. Afterward, wash the area and your hands well with antiseptic soap and water, dry, then apply a few drops of infection-fighting echinacea tincture or lavender or tea tree essential oil.

6/13/2021 10:51:26 AM

to ensure the tick head releases, hold an isopropyl alcohol soaked cotton ball on the tick site until the alcohol evaporates. the tick will die and naturally release within 24 hours without leaving parts. this came from an ER doc. i have found it to be very effective...

6/26/2020 8:41:56 AM

Please make a distinction between caterpillars and centipedes. They're two completely different critters. Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths. They eat leaves. However, you are correct in that some cats have hairs that can irritate your skin or cause lingering pain. Centipedes can bite and their venom can cause local pain/irritation and possibly other allergic reactions throughout the body.

6/26/2020 7:54:52 AM

i see no mention of the protien molecule that ticks are now carrying. it makes you allergic to meat from mammals such as beef. this condition can last for a decade, or a shorter period. the allergic reaction can be from mild to medium case of hives, to full on severe reaction.

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