This Summer I have suffered what I assume to be insect bites of some sort, starting off as a raised blister and gradually,over 24 hours swelling to a hard red lump under my skin, painful,hot and irritating.I suspect that the culprit may be a mosquito but previously mosquito bites have never seemed to spread in quite the same way as these bites do. Wondered if anyone has any comments or know of any herbal remmedies for the relief of insect bites
I swear by Nelsonís Pyrethrum spray. It contains Hypericum perforatum (St. Johnís wort), Rumex crispus (yellow dock), Echinacea angustifolia, Ledum palustre, Calendula officinalis, Arnica montana and Pyrethrum pale extract, so is wholly herbal. I was on a yoga holiday in the Wye Valley and got bite from a tick, I think. My hand was very swollen and hot and serum was running from the actual bite point. The yoga tutor just dabbed a little of this Pyrethrum tincture on my hand and with just one application I got instant relief. I was miffed at first that she didnít leave me with the phial, but as I say it was an instant cure. It didnít work quite so well the next year when I again got bitten. It is important to apply immediately to get the best results.
I think they just do the spray now and not the phial. It can also be used on stings. Fortunately I have never been stung, but I have applied it to wasp stings when I was working in my pharmacy in a supermarket.
Re: Insect relief
August 23 2004, 9:20 PM
Jekka told me about Hyssop and Apple mint leaves and they worked when I tried the latter on a bee sting. All Labiates are supposed to work in the same way but when I tried Melissa on a friend who had been stung by a bee in Kossovo last month, it seemed to make her worse. So is it a placebo cure or are nasty foreign insects worse or their herbs simply ineffective? I suspect it is the usual thing about the growing conditions of the herbs, this particular melissa was in a farm yard and so too full of fertilizer. Treat herbs (except Parsley and some other umbellifers) rough to get the best out of them!
Lynne the Witch
Re: Insect relief
August 24 2004, 7:36 AM
A drop of lavender essential oil can help
Re: Insect relief
August 24 2004, 11:18 AM
A bee leaves its sting in ones skin so maybe the action of pressing the leaves on the skin caused the venom to spread.
I remember that I used to recommend taking vitamin B1 for prevention of insect bites, but a customer complained of feeling ill after taking it, so I changed to suggesting a compound B tablet like yeast as mosquitoes are deterred by the smell on the skin.
I typed insect repellent and vitamin B on Google and for every suggestion someone else contradicted it. One person recommended bananas and others said bananas were a complete no-no. I liked the idea of vanilla extract because it smells really nice.
As for deterring wasps, whatever you put on seems to make them nosier. You just canít win.
November 14 2005, 7:26 AM
Rub with garlic, wormwood, burdock, lavander, parsley, plantain, melissa, mint, rosemary, thym, masterwort, summer savory, marigold, basil or elder.
Rub with plantain fresh leaves ; pain disappears almost immediately.
Put a raw onion section on the bite
Rub with a lemon disc or water+vinegar to make disappear itchings
Rub with lavander fresh leaves.
Apply some juice of the following plants : basil, sage, thyme.
Rub the insect bite with :
Against mosquitos bite : parsley, leek.
Against spiders bites : bear's breeches, garlic, chive. leek.
Against bee and wasp bites : garlic, onion.
Crushed leaves : of basil, of nettle, of sorrel, of elder.
November 14 2005, 9:22 PM
This is really an aside, but it's interesting!
When we visited German friends on a campsite in Germany, there were lots of wasps around. Their method of dealing with the wasps was ingenious, I thought. Just away from the picnic table they placed a saucer of jam, and the wasps were so busy taking the jam away that they never bothered us at the table. It was also quite fascinating to see them actually carry quite large lumps of jam away with them!!
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