Medicine for the People
By Harvey Walks With Hawks
Bee Stings and Insect Bites
It is spring again and time for the
bug bites. Lots of water and lots of rain in the
forecast. All conditions are good for insects.
Everything from a mosquito to a spider can cause extreme
difficulties to the human body. The problem is not the
injury or insect bite but is the venom that it leaves
behind. This is a defensive mechanism that happens for
example a bee hive detects danger. When someone is stung
by an insect; the area becomes swollen, red extremely
painful or burning, however if difficulty in breathing,
hard to swallow, disorientation, swelling around the
eyes and mouth, you should consult your physician or
health care provider immediately.
Mother Nature gives us numerous
insects and beetles that can be a dangerous to us; also
some are required by Mother to help us survive. She also
gives us lots of herbs and alternative medicines that
can help us to survive the uncomfortable bites and
itching. I will try to show you how to make natural
repellants and counter-active procedures. We do not have
any evidence that natural repellants are better than
commercial ones but we do know that they seem to be
safer for the person and the environment. We know that
they also smell better and we know we do not want to rub
toxic materials on our bodies. The earth is in balance
and she wants us to use everything that is good for us
while we walk this path to the “Spirit World”.
Remove the stinger do not squeeze it;
it will inject more venom into the area. Clean the area,
Crush Plantain leaves extracting the juice and put it on
the affected area. Another way is to apply tooth paste
to the area.
Did you know granulated sugar can be
used to prevent scarring of the wound?
Insect Bite Lotion
1 tsp. of Lavender essential oil, 1
tbsp. of vegetable oil, Mix the ingredients and apply
liberally to the affected are. Do not apply around the
eyes. Lavender reduces itching and swelling.
Extra Strength Sting Poultice
1 tbsp. Echinacea root tincture, 1
tbsp. distilled water, 1/8 tsp. lavender essential oil,
1 tbsp. bentonite clay. Mix the Echinacea, lavender and
water. Add liquid to clay slowly stirring. Once mixed
the mixture should stick to the skin. Apply on the
injured area. Store the poultice in a jar with the lid
secured properly and tight. If it dries just add more
water to soften.
Did you know that a sliced onion
placed on an animal bite can discourage infection and
draw poison out? Jewelweed is used to reduce itching and
soothe the skin, take two or three leaves and stem,
break the open and apply the juice to affected area.
Ant and Stinging Nettle Medicine
The allergic reaction from an ant or
stinging nettle is caused from formic acid and can be
neutralized by using 1 tsp. of yellow dock leaf tincture
and 2 tbsp. of baking soda. Mix the ingredients and
apply as needed.
Homemade Insect Repellant
2 oz. vodka (Do not drink), ¼ tsp.
citronella essential oil, ¼ tsp. eucalyptus essential
oil, ¼ tsp. pennyroyal essential oil (Do not use during
pregnancy), 1/8 tsp. cedar essential oil, Mix all the
ingredients and apply on skin, do not apply around the
Did You Know...
Mice Repellant: Here is a
quick tip for keeping mice and squirrels out. Mice: Take
some old panty hose. Make sacks and fill them with
peppermint leaves. Tie the bags securely and toss them
under the bed and in areas that mice would stay.
Especially under the stove where you store your pots and
pans. They lie in wait for tidbits that come from the
top of the stove. Smart little critters since they have
been around longer than us humans.
Squirrels: They can become
unwanted guests also. Here is what to do if you find
them in basement, attic and chimney. Reach for you after
shave. It might smell good to us but it is repulsive to
squirrels. They will be packing their suitcases and
leaving very soon.
Walks With Hawks Harvey Doyle, BSNH
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