Banish Bug Bites with Herbs
That Keep the Bugs
Take a look in your
chain stores and local pharmacies and you'll find plenty of manufactured
prodycts to keep
bugs off of your skin and to heal bug bites.
These commercial sprays and remedies are usually quite effective,
but many of them contain chemicals that are harmful to your body or
the environment, and you may find yourself having a worse reaction
to them than you would have had to any bug!
what other option is there, then?
Herbs that you can find in
specialty store or oftentimes in your own backyard are a natural,
non-toxic, and equally effective way to combat bugs and bug bites.
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Banish Bug Bites
Tea tree oil*, peppermint essential
and lavender essential oil are the three types of oils
most recommended by herbalists for their ability to neutralize
the toxicity of a
bug bite, stave off itchiness, and reduce
An undiluted drop or two of any of these oils can be applied
directly onto the skin
or bug bite, or add a few drops into clay, honey, or baking soda
mixtures first to increase their efficacy. If you want another
essential oil to keep bugs away, choose one that has a spicy,
pungent, or woodsy odor, such as cedar wood, citronella,
eucalyptus, and rosemary.
Lavenders are widely
grown in gardens. Flower spikes are used for dried flower
arrangements. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower
buds are used in potpourris. Dried and sealed in pouches,
they are placed among stored items of clothing to give a
fresh fragrance and as a deterrent to moths.
The plant is also grown commercially for extraction of
lavender oil from the flowers. This oil is used as an
antiseptic and for aromatherapy.
The plantain plant (it's really a weed), makes its home along the roadways and in the
backyards of American homes as an unassuming weed. Give it a
closer look and learn about its "drawing" properties and you
have another treatment for bug bites. Simply take the fresh herb
(or you can dry it out), chop it finely, add water, and then
apply this mixture to a sting or bite. You should feel the area
begin to warm; this means that the toxins are being drawn from
the skin. Continue adding more plantain to the bite until the
swelling and pain has subsided.
Although harmful in other forms, tobacco as a topical herb
possesses many medicinal properties. A small bunch of loose
tobacco leaves, combined with water or apple cider and turned
into a paste, can be applied topically to a bite to help ease
pain and can remain on the skin until the swelling has subsided.
However, if you notice the area becoming irritated, wash away
the paste completely.
The next time you're looking to find a way to stop the bugs from
bugging you, look no further than at what nature has provided
* Tea tree oil
is effective for treating insect bites, boils and minor
wounds. It has also been known to help soothe sunburns,
poison ivy, ear infections, and bee stings. Tea tree oil or
melaleuca oil is a clear to very pale golden color essential
oil with a fresh camphoraceous odour. It is extracted from
the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia which is native to
the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.
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