Toxic Bug Bites

I’m thankful we seemed to have skipped right over the “murder hornets” phase of 2020, but I’ve still been getting lit up by some mysterious bugs lately!

I don’t typically react to bug bites at ALL, but in a matter of days I’ve had two pretty odd responses. Substantial swelling, heat, redness turned purpley, and when my forearm bite was at its worst… my hand started tingling with intermittent numbness. Yiiiikes.

The good news… my overflowing cabinet of hippy remedies had me all fixed up quickly and safely!

Whenever we run into unavoidable conditions that need treatment of some kind, I am reminded of this quote…

“The person who takes medicine must recover twice. Once from the disease, and once from the medicine.” – William Osler, M.D.

Whenever possible, I choose to give my body the opportunity for natural healing and avoid giving it ONE more foreign thing to work against with conventional medicines that my body is not at all familiar with.
These are all some of the “just incase” remedies that saved the day…
✅ Baking Soda Paste.
Simple and effective… just mix aluminum free baking soda and water to form a paste then cover the area and leave on as long as possible.
✅ Black Drawing Salve.
Intended to help remove foreign debris from the body like splinters, insect venom/stingers, and soothe irritation. We love this high quality brand: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079LXGC35/?ref=exp_alivingwelllife_dp_vv_d&fbclid=IwAR3r4mL_dZloXmvv3UURwc6ayTO_vdty4NZHzBcIeA-ztqTxr2Ux4VBDlC4

✅ Brown Recluse First Aid Kit.
When I was younger, my Mom was bit in our back yard by a brown recluse and endured quite a miserable recovery. Ever since then, we keep this kit on hand, and find it effective with any toxic bug bites. It’s simply a powerful activated charcoal, and a liquid echinacea, lobelia, and calendula. Make a paste, wrap in plastic wrap, and an ace bandage to hold in place and keep the area warm to draw out the toxicity. http://www.brown-recluse.com/securessl/index.php?target=products&product_id=1&csid=f6b769aa19662cbd3c6f946f2241021e&sl=EN&currency=
✅ Homeopathic Remedies.
The two we always have on hand for bug bites, stings, and swelling are Apis Mellifica (found here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012ET6TPE/…) and Ledum Palustre (found here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006NXGI4/…)
 

I highly recommend having some of these on hand for the spring and summer months. Our “just incase” items were the stars of the show the last few days 😄
 
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