As warmer weather is upon us, we will be spending more and more time outside. Unfortunately the more time we spend out doors, them more unavoidable the odds of getting a bite, burn, or sting! We will list homemade remedies to help repel insects, as well as remedies to relieve the pain or itch from stings and bites. Enjoy the outdoors without fear from the bugs and insects of summer!
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Warning: this repellent stinks when it's being sprayed however once on the skin, the smell goes away! This repellent is very strong and is the best to use when heading into a big insect area like the woods or swampy places. The best part about this recipe is that you most likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen already!
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This recipe for homemade insect repellent is a very common one and works really well. Remember to reapply every hour or right after swimming and or exercise. Leftover or unused repellent may be stored in a dark bottle and kept out of direct sunlight or heat.
Sample Essential Oil Blend-
Other Bug-Repelling Essential Oils- citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, cypress, rose geranium, bergamot, lemon, cinnamon
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Here are 10 natural home remedies for mosquito bites taken from Healthy Food House.
1. Ice- Ice therapy will relieve the itching and swelling on the place where you have been bitten. Ice calms nerves that cause itching and pain, so that by using cold compresses will get rid of both problems.
2. Essential Oils- The oil from the tree is one of the best oils in dermatology. It has anti-inflammatory effect and can solve the problems with itching, swelling and pain, and seems to have antibacterial and antiviral activity, so it prevents infection.
3. Vinegar- This home remedy prevent itching due to acids. Add two or three cups of vinegar in a warm bath or a few drops on a cotton swab. Apple cider vinegar may be the most effective because it has slightly less acid.
4. Honey- Honey has a wide range of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory action, and antibacterial properties. Take a small amount of honey and apply directly to the bite.
5. Tea Bags- Tea bags contain good amounts of tannins. Tannins have a strong effect, draws excessive fluid from the swelling.
6. Baking Soda- Baking soda contain alkaline component that neutralize ph-balance of the skin. Applying baking soda to the bite helps to reduce inflammation and itching.
7. Basil- The aromatic leaves of basil contain camphor and thymol, two components that reduce itching. You can apply the basil leaves directly to bite, or you can crush the basil and apply on swelling.
8. Lemon and Lime- Both citrus fruits have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Their juice or their peel kills all types of bacteria. The only disadvantage is that their effect is not well in combination with the sun, it would be better to use them only at home.
9. Peppermint- Little peppermint toothpaste also helps with mosquito bites. Peppermint cools the skin and cooling sensations reach the brain faster than sensations of itching. The brain can process only one sensation and thus stops itch. Instead of toothpaste you can use peppermint essential oil or peppermint cream.
10. Banana Peel- Some people say that the effectiveness of banana peel is amazing and can help you, but will not harm you if you try. The sugar from the peel of the banana softens and draws liquid from the sting, and thus relieves itching.
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Getting stung can really hurt, but thankfully there are plenty of natural ways to reduce the swelling, pain, and other symptoms. The first thing you should do when stung is remove the stinger as soon as possible and then thoroughly clean the sting area with soap and water. You should also check for symptoms of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, mouth, or throat, dizziness, anxiety, hives, and or rapid heartbeats.
Here are 8 natural quick pain relief for non-allergic stings: see below (found via Mother Earth News)
1. Ice- Apply ice for 20 minutes. Ice will numb the pain and slow blood flow to the area, which reduces swelling.
2. Honey- A degree of irony resides in this bee sting remedy since honey comes from bees, but honey is excellent for healing wounds. Apply a small dab of honey to the wound and cover with gauze or a small rag for 30 minutes to one hour. (If a person is allergic to bees or honey, do not use this remedy.)
3. Lavender essential oil- Add one or two drops of lavender essential oil to the wound. Lavender oil will help neutralize the venom immediately.
4. Crushed garlic- Crush one or two garlic cloves to release the juices and press it against the wound. Cover with a moist rag or towel and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
5. Plantain- To use plantain as a bee sting treatment, you need to release the juices from the leaves. This can be done by using a food processor or putting the leaves in a plastic bag and crushing them with a spoon. You can even chew it slightly to release the juices. Once you obtain the juice, press the juicy leaves against the sting and cover with a moist rag or towel for 30 minutes.
6. Baking soda and vinegar- Make a paste using baking soda, a dab of vinegar and water and apply it to the wound for 30 minutes. Baking soda and vinegar helps neutralize the acid found in bee stings.
7. Toothpaste- Like baking soda, toothpaste is a base that will help neutralize the acidic bee sting, thereby reducing pain and swelling. Apply the toothpaste to the wound for 20 to 30 minutes.
8. Meat tenderizer- Make a paste using meat tenderizer and water and apply it to the wound for 20 minutes.
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Spider bites are usually not very serious and most of the time heal on their own, but you can treat the itching, pain, swelling, redness and various other reactions due to spider’s toxins with the help of home remedies. It is important to know that if a person is bit by a brown recluse or a black widow spider than they should seek emergency medical care immediately. Spider bites usually appear as two close together punctures and resemble mosquito bites with or without pus.
Here are 6 natural remedies for non poisonous spider bite relief: see below (found via: Find Home Remedy)
1. Dried Basil- Basil leaves reduce the itch caused due to spider bite. Rub the crushed basil leaves on the irritated area.
2. Cabbage- Raw cabbage is considered to be a powerful remedy in healing spider bites. Grate a small piece of raw cabbage on a bandage. Leave this overnight on the affected area, which helps in the removing the toxic and heals the infection.
3. Baking Soda- Mix together baking soda and water in the ratio of 3:1 to form a paste. Apply this paste to accelerate the curing process. Based on the intensity of the spider bite, you will notice changes in a few days.
4. Olive Oil And Turmeric- Mix olive oil and turmeric to form a paste. This paste is quite effective in treating the redness and swelling due to spider bite.
5. Garlic- Apply garlic slices directly on the area and secure with bandage. This must be left overnight to get relief from the symptoms.
6. Salt- Wash the area affected by spider bite thoroughly and apply salt (kosher or sea salt is better). You can moisten a bandage and sprinkle some salt on the pad. This can be bandaged to the affected part.
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1. Ice- Wrap an ice pack or a bag of frozen veggies in a soft towel and apply to the burn. Never place ice directly on skin as it can cause frostbite and more damage.
2. Cool Water- A cool (but not too cold) bath, shower, or moist compress takes away heat and pain. Don't scrub skin or use products like bath oils, soap, or bubble bath.
3. Aloe Vera- The gel from inside this cactus plant eases discomfort, speeds healing, and moisturizes skin. Either split a plant leaf and apply the sap directly to skin, or buy pure aloe vera gel at your local drugstore.
4. Honey- The sticky stuff's been used as a topical burn salve since Egyptian days. "Studies suggest it may work better than some antibiotic creams at speeding up healing, reducing infection, and minimizing pain," says Kathi Kemper, M.D., author of The Holistic Pediatrician.
5. Oatmeal- Finely ground oatmeal (sold as colloidal oatmeal in drug stores) works as an anti-inflammatory when mixed with bath water. Make your own by pulverizing a cup of instant or slow-cooking oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it has a smooth, fine consistency. Pour into tepid bath water and soak.
6. Witch Hazel- Wet a washcloth or cotton gauze with this anti-inflammatory astringent and apply to the skin three or four times a day for 20 minutes to minimize pain and itching.
7. Milk- Place a washcloth or cotton gauze soaked in cool milk on the reddened area to create a protein film that eases discomfort and reduces heat.
8. Baking Soda or Cornstarch- Soaking in bathwater mixed with baking soda or cornstarch can relieve inflammation and itching.
9. Cider Vinegar- Acetic acid in vinegar alleviates pain, itching, and inflammation. Pour one cup of white cider vinegar into tepid bath water and soak.
10. Coriander Oil- Studies suggest rubbing this essential oil onto sunburned skin may reduce inflammation.
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