The Bite of the Creepy Crawly

You have no doubt experienced it.

The night time. Summer. The buzz of insects.

Is it a mosquito or something more sinister? Is it a stinger of some kind or a midge? There are so many different creepy crawly bites and stings. While many require some form of specific soothing, many also can be treated with fairly straightforward methods.

Allopathic medicine will have you using everything from antihistamines through to steroidal topical creams to deal with creepy crawly bites and these products do have their place in worst case scenarios.

But in addition to these modes of treatment, there is another way.

The natural health way.

The way of alternative therapies. These therapies use natural remedies to treat and soothe the bites and stings and welts caused by a myriad of insects that lurk in your home and in and around your garden or workplace or school or college.

Prevention

I always tell individuals who come into the clinic to exercise some preventative measures particularly in the summer months.  And you do not have to use copious quantities of chemical products to keep the bugs and beasties away. Diethyltoluomide (DEET) is effective as a repellent but is also quite toxic and using safer alternatives is preferable for your health.[1] You can buy organic and natural alternatives to major sprays and chemical and using these can help to reduce the incidents of allergies, compromised general health, skin conditions and other problems. You can even source an organic pest control specialist to spray your home.

For localised control and prevention you can exercise some of the following ideas:

  • Use citronella candles in the house to ward off insects. They are not only healthy and effective but they are aesthetically pleasing and imbue your abode with a sense of peace and serenity.
  • Spray dark corners with tea tree oil. Make up a solution with a teaspoon of tea tree oil per 500 mls water and spray into areas where bugs may lurk and hide.
  • Steer clear of bug zappers. They often kill vitally important bugs that form part of the food chain for birds. Using these indiscriminately disrupts our already threatened ecosystem and is problematic for humanity in the long term.

Topical Treatments

You can source a number of topical treatments for insect bites. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Calamine Lotion. This is an old fashioned grandma practitioner remedy from aeons ago. It is a soothing liquid that reduces itch and draws out inflammation. Wonderful stuff!
  • Calendula ointment works brilliantly as an insect repellent.
  • Cedar, eucalyptus and tea tree oil also work as great repellents that can be sprayed or bought in oil or lotion form.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be diluted at a ratio of 1:1 to reduce itching and discomfort.
  • Rub your skin with brewer’s yeast or garlic as this is also a deterrent.

Diet

You can also employ various dietary changes that will make your blood and body unpalatable to insects. True!

Eat the following:

  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Brown rice
  • Wheat germ
  • Fish
  • Brewer’s yeast

All these foods are high in the B vitamin group and these repel insects.

I hope this information helps you.

Remember, if you have major insect bite problems, consult a specialist practitioner or a homeopath, Ayurvedic doctor or General Practitioner for more information and guidance.

Bye for now.


[1] http://www.epa.gov/teach/chem_summ/DEET_summary.pdf