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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.

| August 2018

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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

(See also Spider Bites or Stings [Bee, Hornet, and Wasp])

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

At-Home First Aid for Bug Bites

Here’s what to do for insect 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).

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