Bites - Animals and Insects - 2
Insect bites cause pain, soreness, itching , swelling, and redness. Whatever the insect, get help if the child develops a rash or if the bite looks infected. If the child has difficulty in breathing, call emergency services immediately.
Allergic reaction to insect bites is common and signs may appear over the following 12 to 24 hours. look for increased swelling in the area, redness or hives. If any of these occur, of if the child is in pain, has breathing difficulties, nausea, or headache, get immediate medical attention.
Most insect bites can be soothed by applying a cold, wet compress on which 5 drops each of camomile german and lavender have been put. for more specific information see following pages.
Mix the following together and apply a small amount to the area three times over the next 24 hours, or longer if needed;
1 teaspoon alcohol
3 drops lavender
2 drops camomile german
The black widow spider bite is particularly nasty, and one that requires immediate medical attention. On your way to the doctor, apply 10 drops of neat lavender oil directly onto the bite every five minutes until you arrive.
Prevention is best where mosquitoes are concerned and they can be deterred by the smell of lavender. Put drops of neat lavender on clothing: socks, cloth shoes, collars, sleeves and the bottoms of skirts and trouser legs.
At night, put lavender on tissues or cotton wool and tuck under the pillow or put on the bedside table. Other oils which help keep mosquitoes away are lemongrass, citronella, and eucalyptus citriodora.
For single bites
Put 1 drop neat lavender oil directly on the bite
For multiple bites, mix:
1 cup cider vinegar (or the juice of two lemons)
10 drops lavender
5 drops thyme linalol
Put the mixture in the bath, swishing the water around before putting the child in. Afterward put neat lavender on the bites.
Gnat and Midge Bites
To stop the irritation, mix the following and apply over the whole affected area:
1 teaspoon cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
3 drops thyme linalol
1 tablespoon lavender hydrolat (or plain water)
Alternatively, apply neat lavender to the bites.
Bee stings can cause fever and headaches, and if there's an allergic reaction there can be swelling, redness and rash.
Try to remove the sting. Put a few drops of camomile german on a cold cider vinegar compress and apply to the area. If the position of the bite allows, leave the compress there for a couple of hours, otherwise for as long as possible. Then apply 1 drop of neat camomile german to the bite. 3 times a day for 2 days.
The following remedy for wasp stings can also be used.
Mix the following and dab onto the bitten area 3 times a day.
1 teaspoon cider (or wine) vinegar
2 drops lavender
2 drops camomile german.
Reference: Aromatherapy For The Healthy Child: Valerie Ann Worwood