Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How to Protect and Treat Insect Bites

5 Simple Home remedies

 Last weekend being the long weekend me and some of friends decided to go for camping a choice of many Canadians during the summer months. Camping is as usual full of adventure not just one can be with nature but also it is well known to build one’s over all character. Off all the fun that happens when camping one thing that really bothers many are those crazy insects. Hey we are in nature so we need to accept them, but still they bite and sting which can be worst. So how to handle this simple yet troublesome issue. Here are some tips

1] Basil:
This simple herb cum spice has a name for its powers as insect repellent. Since long time back people in India and many countries in Africa have been using basil leaves by just crushing them and applying on the body to prevent from insect bites.

2] Mountain Mint:
Mountain Mint is another herb known for its insect repellent nature. It is said that this herb contain pulegone” a powerful insect repellent. Applying leaves of mountain mint on the exposed body part is the ideal way of protecting from insect bites. The effectiveness of this herb is well known and thus the chemical “pulegone” has been one of the chief components of most of the commercial insect repellent.

3] Garlic:
An herb that is known to keep Vampires away is also known to work when an insect bites. The inflammation that causes due to such bites is easily treated with internal and external use of Garlic. Not just it works on the inflammation but also it reduces the pain caused due to insect bite. Researchers now speak of some sort of alkaloid that breaks down chemical substance known as prostaglandin that the body release in response to pain.

4] Calendula:
A well known book on Herbs written by Maude Grieve recommends a lot of these yellow golden flowers also known as Mari Gold or Calendula. Insect bite or wasp or bee sting just rub some of Mari gold flowers and see how it reduces pain and the swelling.

5] Apple Cider Vinegar:
One native trick that I learned here in Canada is the use of Apple Cider Vinegar for such bites. Known to the local native’s apple cider vinegar is a boon for both bee sting and wasp sting. A small dab over the affected area and then observe the reduction of redness and swelling decreases slowly.

So the next time anyone has an insect bite or wasp sting look out for simple herbs like garlic instead of just popping pills.

Posted by Sudeep

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