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Insect bites and stings

Summer weather means more time outdoors, which is great!

But little critters do spoil our fun.

Steps should be taken for treatment for bites and stings

and also to be well prepared with repellents.


Do look out for nasty reactions to bites; any abnormal rashes and swellings – see a health professional as soon as possible.




Insect bite Treatment

  • Lavender Oil – this is a great essential oil that can be applied directly to the skin. Lavender can diminish the swelling and itching of bites and stings. It has great pain-relieving properties
  • Tea-tree oil – is capable of neutralizing the poisonous effects of insect bites or stings. It contains natural anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce swelling, itching, and redness of the skin.
  • Bromelain – this is an enzyme extracted from the stem of a pineapple fruit. It is used to aid digestion but also has a good anti-inflammatory action. It can be taken as a supplement or applied topically in a balm straight onto a sting or bite.
  • Quercetin and vitamin C – both work well along side bromelain due to their antihistamine action. This should help reduce any redness and swelling in an insect bite.
  • To aid with healing Calendula cream can be used.

Insect repellent 

  • Take 400mg of Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) daily for at least 2 weeks before exposure.  When the body metabolizes B1, it is excreted via the skin and emits an odour that is unpleasant to mosquitos. Well recommended if travelling abroad!
  • Try a repellent which contains essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, citronella, eucalyptus  or peppermint.
  • Use a repellent which contains Neem oil,  such as A. Vogel Herbal Insect Repellent spray.

Be prepared but more importantly –

Have Fun In Summer!