THE NATURAL WAY: Bug bites and how to treat them -- naturally

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We all deal with patterns that are predictable such as colds and flu in the winter, allergies in both the spring and fall and chiggers/ticks/skeeters and Brown Recluse bites in the summer.

We are smack dab in the middle of the part of the country where the Brown Recluse prefers to live. They jump, land and inflict a nasty bite. The ground zero of the bite often turns black as the skin dies. A large red circular welt rings the black center. Many times without good first aid the infection from the bite can last for weeks or months and may require medical attention. In diabetics this can be very dangerous because of blood flow problems if bitten on an extremity. I've seen people take good care of themselves by putting a monolaurin ointment on the bite secured with a bandage, taking enteric coated garlic supplements, grapefruit seed extract capsules or monolaurin and of course boosting the immune system with astragalus, mushroom extracts or a standardized echinacea.

Suggestions for poison ivy include homeopathics and GSE body powder to dry the blisters. A Jewelweed wash found in specially made soap to remove the poison ivy oil does wonders. Reducing itch can be done with herbals including comfrey ointment a new lotion from Cactus Juice. If the exposure is severe or in a delicate part of the body, prompt medical care is a very good thing.

What about that chigger or tick? The best way to deal with the bites is to avoid them. That can be difficult if you step off the pavement or have a dog or cat that goes outside. I like a natural repellant to spray on my neck, arms, waste and ankles. I find it keeps all sorts of flying biters, chiggers and ticks at bay. It is so safe (and DEET free) that it can be used on dogs and children.

I have to call Texas to order Cactus Juice early in the year so I could be ready for chigger/tick and skeeter season. I found this product a couple of years ago and it has proven itself as a great product to be used during crawly and flying biter season. I can't tell you legally it effectively repels all of those miserable many leggeds. But it is DEET free, completely safe and I don't get bitten at all when I use it and neither do other people.