Treat Insect & Flea Bites
Aloe Vera Gel *
Jewel Weed *
Lemon Balm *
Shea Nut Butter *
Tamanu Oil *
Tea Tree oil *
Witch Hazel *
Herbs, oils and essential oils make excellent after-bite remedies because they
calm the inflammation, reduce itching, are antibacterial and regenerative to
damaged skin. No need to run to the drugstore, these natural remedies are as close as your back yard and kitchen cupboard. Flea
bites are a sore trial for both your companion animal and they humans as well.
Even the best efforts to prevent and treat flea and insect infestations can't get them all.
Aloe vera gel is takes the sting out of bites and hydrates the skin, and will
not harm animals if they lick it off, though the longer it can stay on the better
it works. Skin washes of green or black tea, or used tea bags make on the handiest
remedies for flea bites and rashes, almost everyone has some in their home. If
you don't have witch hazel on hand in the medicine cabinet, you should pick some up for the summer months, it is
an almost universal remedy for any kind of itching, inflamed skin, no matter
what kind of bug bite you have.
Your flower and herb garden is a good place to find insect and flea bite remedies.
Basil is a great bite remedy, use either a few drops of essential oil, or crush
fresh basil leaves and rub them on bites. Fresh calendula flowers can be used
the same way, just rubbed on the affected part for an admirable remedy for the
pain and swelling of the sting of wasp or bee. Comfrey tea can be used as a skin
wash or compress to accelerate tissue healing in cases of insect bites. A tincture of
echinacea can be applied to a bite or sting to numb the pain. It also helps
disinfect the site of the attack. (Grieve, Maud) Lavender is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
A tea made from the fresh or dried lavender flowers can be applied as a skin wash to relieve
itching due to flea bites and rashes, or the essential oil can be used. Plantain
is most likely growing wild in your back yard or along the driveway - the fresh leaves make a great
ointment for all types of skin rashes.