Herbal Remedies for Bites and Stings
Enjoy your time outdoors, knowing nature can provide you with remedies for the occasional sting or bite you may unexpectedly acquire along the way!
Don’t let the discomfort of insect bites and stings take the edge off your summer fun. Make sure you use herbal insect repellents and sleep under a mosquito net when in hot countries. If you’re still bitten, take the irritation out of stings with simple but effective herbal and kitchen first aid remedies.
Types of bites – Try to identify the insect that has bitten you so that you can apply the relevant treatment. Bee and ant stings are acidic and need alkalis to neutralise them; a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water or crushed parsley leaf is effective. Wasp stings are alkaline and need acids such as lemon juice or cider vinegar to reduce itching. If you see the stinger, remove it with sterilised tweezers, grasping the sting below the poison sac. Spending a day in the Sun can result in a few unfortunate side effects, but herbal remedies can ease the pain.
Herbs to treat bites and rashes – When in the countryside, you can use herbs at hand to combat irritating bites and stings. The leaves of dock, chickweed or plantain are all effective in easing nettle stings. You can rub dock leaves on your skin to ease the sting of nettles. They are commonly found growing near the offending plant. The aloe vera plant has a soothing gel inside its green branches that’s a cure all for burns and stings.
Simple and serious – Mosquito and fly bites are often just itchy and annoying, but multiple bee and wasp stings may need hospital attention and in rare cases, a severe allergic reaction may result in anaphylactic shock. Insect bites, especially in tropical countries, can carry infections. Antiseptic herbal creams based on marigold or aloe vera are cooling and can reduce the rick of bacterial infections.