Herbal Remedies Instead Of
With all the bug sprays on the shelf, why should you opt for
herbal remedies to stop those nasty skin-stinging bugs? The
best reason for choosing herbal remedies to keep your skin free
from bug bites is that they are safe, nontoxic, and effective.
Some bug-stopping herbal remedies are even downright
Most commercial bug-off sprays and lotions are effective at
fending off insects and soothing irritated bug bites. However,
many people are finding that several of these commercial
bug-off formulations contain chemicals that are harmful to the
environment and to our bodies.
Why use these commercial formulations when there are many
perfectly effective solutions that are safe, nontoxic, natural
Here is a brief overview of the most common natural herbal
remedies that can be used to keep the bugs away, or to soothe
Tea tree oil, lavender essential oil and peppermint
These natural, concentrated oils are a force to be reckoned
with. All three types of oils are famous with herbalists for
their ability to neutralize toxicity, keep the itchiness at
bay, and reduce skin inflammation. Simply add a few drops of
any of these three oils into clay or baking soda mixtures.
This will help increase their effectiveness. Or simply apply
a drop or two of any one of these three essential oils directly
onto the skin or bug bites. For further disinfectant purposes,
you can also mix any of these three oils directly into honey.
Another rule of thumb when using essential oils is to choose
any essential oil that has a spicy, pungent or woodsy odor,
such as cedar wood, citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary, and
Another common plant that can help treat bug bites is the
plantain. The common plantain is a weed that can often be found
in yards and roadways of the United States. It is well known
among traditional herbalists for its "drawing" properties.
Simply use the fresh herb, or you can dry plantain, and use as
a drawing salve.
An Interesting Herb Fact
Wash Sickness Away with Lavender
Lavender has been one of the most popular medicinal herbs since time immemorial. Lavender's name is derived from the Latin word lavarre, which means to wash. In ancient Arab medicine, lavender was widely used as an expectorant. In the folk medicine of Europe, lavender has held a reputation as a useful wound herb. The most common types of healing lavenders are L. angustifolia and L. spica. French lavender, L. stoechas, is perhaps one of the most commonly used varieties of lavender.
One common and easy way to prepare the plantain herb is to chop
it finely, and then add water. Then apply this mixture to a
sting or bite. After applying the mixture to the bite or sting,
you will feel the area begin to warm. This means that the
toxins are being drawn from the skin. Continue adding more
plantain until the swelling and pain has subsided.
Although always a controversial herb, tobacco
contains many medicinal properties that have made it a mainstay
of the herbalist’s medicine cabinet. Loose tobacco leaves can
be applied topically to help ease the pain caused by insect
Milk thistle capsules can be taken before
drinking alcohol in order to combat
One easy preparation is to combine water or
apple cider vinegar into a small bunch of tobacco leaves in
order to make a paste that can be applied topically to the site
of the insect bite. You can leave on the tobacco paste until
the swelling has subsided. However, if you notice the area
becoming irritated, remove the paste completely. Wash off the
area with lukewarm water if you notice any irritation.