Stings and Bites and Herbal Remedies!
Host: Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live”
After a long, cold, and wet winter, spring has finally arrived here in New England. I finally have violets, dandelion, and plantain popping up in my lawn. The sun is warm, the comfrey and peppermint are already thriving, and my elderberry and rose bushes are loaded with green leaves. Mother Nature has finally shrugged off her cold mantel. That also means, it’s that time of year again when bees, wasps, hornets, mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies, ticks, spiders, and snakes become active.
A bug bite or a sting can mean anything from a minor annoyance to a life-threatening emergency. Some people are allergic to bee and/or wasp stings. Certain bites carry venom. Still others carry viruses, such as Lyme, Malaria, Powassan, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and West Nile virus. Some bites happen by accident, such as stepping too close to a camouflaged and startled snake while out on a hike. Then there are those pests that I struggle to find a purpose for which they serve. What is the purpose of a tick? Who or what benefits from its existence. As far as I can tell, not a single thing.
In this episode, we will discuss botanical and natural remedies for stings and bites common at this time of year. Learn how to:
- Take the itch out of mosquito bites
- Draw out the venom from a bee sting or spider bite
- Make a child-safe bug spray that will repel ticks (I have two formulas to share, actually)
- What is this activated charcoal stuff?
- What to do if you are bitten by a venomous snake.
- What is this new Powassan virus all about? How widespread is it?
- The role of rodents in spreading both tick-borne and mosquito-borne viruses.
- What about allergic reactions? Anaphylaxis?
Recipes will include herbal salves, sprays, and poultices. I will got over how to make each type of formula. Be sure to tune in and learn how to make natural, first aid formulas for some of the most common injuries this time of year- bug bites and serious stings.
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