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Table of Contents
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apply Heat
- B Vitamins
- Baking Powder, Ammonia, Meat Tenderizer
- Bee Remedies
- Brewer's Yeast as Repellent
- Castor Oil
- Chigger Bite Remedies
- Clear Tape
- Coconut Oil
- Dishwashing Detergent, Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Essential Oils
- Fels- Naptha
- Geranium Oil
- Ice Pack for Mosquito Bites
- Joe-Pye Weed
- Lavender Oil
- Mosquito Bites
- Mud, Garlic or Charcoal
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Peppermint Oil
- Remedies Needed
- Saliva, Salt Water
- Tea Tree Oil
- Tiger Balm
- Tobacco Poultice
- Vinegar for Biting Flies
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C, Apple Cider Vinegar
- White Vinegar
- Whiteflower Oil
- Yellow Jackets Remedies
05/22/2011: Andreea from Grimsby, On, Canada: "Hello
I need help: my son (4) got bitten yesterday by a mosquito while we were up north (Canada). The spot got swollen a bit right after the bite and I put some coconut oil on it. About two hours later the spot on his forehead became really swollen. The bump is about 3-4 cm in diamater and about 1 cm in height. That was yesterday. Today it looks about the same, if not a bit biffer. It is not read, it isn't hot and it's not itching. What do you think I should use to reduce the inflamation?
05/23/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Andreea, I wouldn't worry much if I were you! The bites will disappear even if it takes a few days. Once I was badly bitten on one leg in Denmark. The next day my leg was all swollen from the ankle to the knee. It didn't itch at all but it felt very weird. You could try lemon juice, for example, or essential oils, there are several that help with mosqito bites like lavender or tea tree oil. Coconut oil should help as well. One thing that helps with the itching is saliva and you always have it with you. Good luck...."
05/23/2011: Andreea from Grimsby, On replies: "Hello Francisca and thank you for your thoughts. I tried coconut oil right after he got bitten and again a few hours later. Yesterday I tried tea tree oil and lavander oil in a grapeseedoil base. Didn't work. We went to the hospital today, as it seems to be getting bigger, but the doctor only recommended Benadryl (antihistamine) which I am still reluctant to give. I read somewhere that blowing warm air with an hairdrier decreases the swelling as the heat de-activates histamines. I will try this too, if my son will let me :)
If it works, I'll post it on here.
All the best, Andreea"
05/23/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Andrea,
Please be careful with the hair dryer treatment. Even at 'warm' it could still damage the skin, possibly burn. I've not heard of a hair dryer de-activating histamines.
Drinking water and electrolytes will flush out histamines. It'll take time, but it's worked for me. I've also been taking Benadryl the last couple of days, sparingly -- it's with long term use that is a bigger concern.
Have you tried a vitamin E cream on the bite, or stinging nettle tincture w/jojoba, or diluted ACV dabbed on? Baking soda paste on bee/insect stings helps soothe:
Thoughts of quick healing for your son,
05/23/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "P. S. If you do use Benadryl, they do sell it in a dye-free version, 25 mg. I'd look for dye-free in the children's formula depending on the age of your child."
05/23/2011: Andreea from Grimsby, On Canada replies: "Hello Sheila
I know, the hairdryer thing is strange, but I saw it in different places... Of course, I wouldn't keep it on high or anywhere too close to the face, and I don't think a little heat can do much harm... that being said Andrei still hasn't allowed me to do it.
Here's a link on the dryer info
05/23/2011: Michelle from Cambridge, Cambs / Uk replies: "Dear Andreea, I get bitten so much, more than anyone else I know! I have found wonderful castor oil is the best after bite solution, For prevention, I squeeze fresh lemon juice and pat it on bare skin and hair. It actually deters them. I found these remedies whilst being eaten alive in India!"
05/25/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "Hm. I wonder if one could use this 'warmth' cure, and sit out in the warm sun for 5-10 minutes and get the same result, exposing the bite. One would get a dose of vit D to boot.
If you ever try it, please post if it works."
05/17/2011: Lamplighter from Albuquerque, Nm: "I have two indoor cats. While living in NC, I experienced fleas for the first time. I am now in NM and am experiencing them again! I have treated both cats with frontline plus - can't say that it really seems to help - then or now (any suggestions for other product?). I have bites on my head (sores) and also sores on my back. I also find very tiny little red marks on various places on my body which I assume are where the bites took place. I do see little black dots and have had a doc and vet test but there is no blood in them. I also have seen little slivers of black pieces on my skin as well. I vacuum, dust and wash clothing and sheets. It seems like when I put on clothing that has been washed, I am bitten from the clothing - can the fleas exist in the clothing? Could the washing/moisture and heat increase productivity - hatching of eggs? It seems the bugs reside in the fabric, sheets and/or clothes. I have thrown away clothes because I feel like I get bitten when wearing them. I know they always talk of fleas itching but I find them more of a sore feeling than an itching feeling. My cats seem less bothered than I.
I wonder at times if the frontline plus, borax, comet, etc are causing me a chemical reaction and my skin is reacting in this weird way????I have not seen a flea on them this go-roudn but did see ONE in NC. I have sprinkled borax soap around, tried spraying with vinegar, comet, etc. I have also seen some red "tracks" on my skin - I find myself picking at my head and possibly spread onto my skin by touch. I don't know whether to shower more or less - again without knowing if I am increasing the numbers because of the moisture. I even use a body scrubber and leave shampoo and conditioner in hair in hopes of killing them.
I would wonder if I am imagining all of this but I have a cousin who has had the exact same symptoms - down to the last detail. He is not someone I spend time with but rather contacted him after learning of he was having similar problems. I could go on and on but I think that gives you somewhat of an idea."Replies
06/19/2011: Bughater from Chicago, Il replies: "What you describe sounds like bed bugs... Have you checked the seams of the mattress etc? These are very difficult to get rid of to say the least and they hitch rides in your clothing..... Do some research for tell tale signs in the room. Look for black dots on furniture etc these would be the droppings... They like wood so start with any wooden furniture in the room first. They do not travel very far from their food source so they should be close to the bed if this is the case. I worked with my neighbor for three months to get rid of them in her house! We wrapped the mattresses in plastic covers... Duct taped the zipper completely, put borax around the bed, vaseline on any climbing source to the bed, sprayed the entire room down with alcohol (we were told it may kill the eggs before they can hatch), and finnally she would wear long sleeves, pajama pants and socks to bed. No bites for a long time now and she only saw one or two small ones which she immediately killed after that... easy to find if you know what you are looking for but they spread out so you just have to be vigilant. I hope this helps! Good Luck"
06/19/2011: Mary from Regina, Saskctchewan, Canada replies: "Hi: I was just reading that Food Grade Diatomacious Earth was a very effective killer of Bed Bugs. See a web site called Wolf Creek Ranch for a better description of all the amazing features of this unique silica product."
Saliva, Salt Water
08/26/2012: Sue M. from Worden, Il, Usa: "Oh, Timh.... Thank you. You touched my heart and soul with your words. God's many blessings on you."
[YEA] 08/24/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "Hi everyone, while on vacation, we went hiking in the rainforest in Costa Rica where I was attacked by mosquitoes. I was even wearing bug repellent but, as always it never seems to work for me. I ended up with about 50 mosquito bites and was absolutely miserable that night. I couldn't sleep and ended up going on EC to see what was recommended. I had already tried cortisone cream which didn't do a thing for the itching. Amazingly, I found a recommendation from Francisca saying saliva worked very well. Since I was on vacation I didn't have a lot of things I would normally have at home so the ACV wasn't available. So, I tried the saliva and amazingly enough, it brought the throbbing and itching down to about half. Still not great but better.
The next day, I spent an hour swimming in the ocean since sea salt was recommended. Well, that was the trick! All pain and itching gone! Hopefully, this helps someone! Lisa"Replies
08/25/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Lisa, thanx for all your informative posts.
Problem in Ky isn't Mosquito's, but an army of ticks and chiggers; and plenty of fleas on my kitties (generic frontline works good and a full tube is enough for 2). As for prevention I have read somewhere that eating garlic is good against the little vampires. As for the chigger bites I am finding best results by giving the affected spot a good squeeze so to bleed and drain the toxins out - wipe clean - apply old timer's Potter's Salve - wait for first frost (lol)."
08/25/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Timh, Again, thanks for reminding me to write you. I keep meaning to! Thank you for all of your amazing posts. You are a force on this site that helps so many people. It is obvious that you have learned so much on your journey. It appears that you have overcome so many odds! Thus, through first-hand knowledge you reach out to help others. It is much appreciated...
I also remember reading a little while back, I think to Robyn, that you have been reading much on NDE. Are you familiar with Elizabeth Kubler- Ross? I would imagine you are since much of her life was devoted to this work. I have read many myself and also many accounts from Masters who have walked this earth plane. Baba Muktananda and Yogananda are two of my favorites in their accounts of the human/ God experience. Life is such a mystery... Blessings on you, Lisa"
08/26/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Lisa, it has been quite a journey and educational at that; and I try to convey anything positive for everyone here although my abilities are compromised. Add the psychological or spiritual elements to the mix and things can get difficult; so the art of simplicity is the rule. Case in point, in response to the personal and give/receive nature of this E.C. site/ message board, over the past few months I have rollercoaster from very poor to somewhat good health conditions and have remained faithful here as I am still in a somewhat desperate mode clinging to what little life force I have; anyway, amazing enough and on many occasions I receive post exactly pertinent to my condition at the moment. There are the laws of average and likelihood but these occasions have been so consistent and sometimes I will have only been thinking about some aspect of some illness throughout the day and as soon as I begin reading on here the answer is posted. My belief is that as people show true concern for one another without the devil of money involved, telepathic or "miraculous" events can occur. One year ago I had been occasionally reading E.C. and after a few months decided to start posting and, to be candid, I don't think I would still be alive if not for all the great info and good hearts here.
As for NDE's my interest has certainly escalated over the past few yrs, and I have been greatly encouraged and blessed from these fortunate folks. I haven't heard of Elizabeth Kubler- Ross (that I know of). The Anita Moorjani testimony is amazing document of the healing power of "eternity" as she died of Lymphoma Cancer and totally recovered within days of her return.
All the good thoughts, deeds and even intents of people will be consummated in the next life; and we will truly love each other in such a pure way that all the pain of this body and world will be as nothing. I never really considered myself one in need of the humility that can come from suffering, but it is an unmistakable fact that suffering can be tremendously advantageous. As the destructive forces of this world weld their way over us, the big truth is that love is really all that's left of creation and that's what will live in eternity. So, as all of us here suffering from our ailments have a dual mindset of rejection (i want to get my health back) and acceptance ("Thy will be done"). The "infinity factor" should always be the focus, removing as much bad energy from our minds and lives as possible, and be ready when that great day comes.
Many thanks and blessing to you and everyone here.
"Love is the only answer - hate is the root of cancer - then" --YES"
08/26/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Timh, What a beautiful post! Yes, pain and suffering are certainly humbling and unlike you, perhaps I needed to face helplessness in terms of that. I was always one to rise against the odds and have always been a fighter. Thus, I never understood those who seemed to just succumb to circumstances or complain but do nothing. I still am somewhat unable to understand that but certainly have dealt with enough physical pain to now have compassion. My husband said it has helped me to grow tremendously.
As for synchronicity, I have been fortunate enough to have always trusted in a Higher Power, God, The Universe or whatever one is comfortable calling this mysterious force. As a result, it has been a never- ending fount of answers always given in the right time, in the right way. There have been times when I have questioned this All-Knowing force but, learned early that whatever the answer given, was the right one. Sometimes, it took considerable time before that would be revealed in hindsight. It isn't always easy to see this when you are in the midst of it! Are you familiar with Abraham-Hicks? If not, check out the website because I have learned so much from this wise force. It is based in Universal Laws and they cannot be overridden. These laws work over and over again without fail.
Yes, all good thoughts, deeds and intents are rewarded. The laws of Karma are unerring, for sure. And love is the greatest force of the universe. Yes, Earth Clinic is wonderful to be able to give freely to others and reap the benefits of others' knowledge and wisdom garnered from their experience. When humanity understands we must reach back and help each other up the ladder or none of us will make it, we will finally truly understand unconditional love. Not always easy to do in the human condition...
Also, I would love you to check out the books by Dr. Brian L. Weiss. They are truly remarkable and have been a comfort to me since they were written back in the 80's. Over the years, I have recommended this book to many people especially in times of their suffering. The first book is called "Many Lives, Many Masters" which I would recommend starting with as you then have the background of this man's remarkable story. "Only Love Is Real" is another beautiful one and resonates with what you said at the end of your post. And finally, "Messages From The Masters" is a summation of his books and the wisdom of "the Masters" who with all the love and compassion give us messages that are so beautiful and reassuring they would move me to tears.
Anyway, Timh, thank you again for your beautiful post and know that you are in my thoughts sending you healing love and grateful to know you through these pages. With love and respect, Lisa"
09/24/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "This is to Timh: This was on my facebook wall and of course, I thought of you. I don't know if you have ever heard of Dr. Christiane Northrup but, she is a shining light for women as well, as humankind. Well, she posted this:
"I've long been a student of Near Death Experiences because they contain so much wisdom to help us live well NOW. I have just finished reading Anita Moorjani's amazing story Dying to be Me-- the account of her dying from terminal lymphoma and choosing to return to life-- after which all of her lemon sized tumors disappeared miraculously. She tapped into her magnificent essence and healed. While "dead" she realized that dying was not a failure-- neither was getting sick. She saw that it was FEAR that caused her cancer-- fear of everything-- foods, cancer, pesticides, being disliked. And now as she is eating chocolate or enjoying a bit of champagne, she lives life to the fullest. Fearlessly. Joyfully. In good health. We don't need to die to begin living fearlessly as ourselves right now. Regardless of where we are or what our health is like. Anyone out there had a similar experience?"
I just had to share this with you and thought you might also be interested in the book since you have been reading NDEs lately. Best to you as always and I hope you are continuing to improve! Lisa"
09/24/2012: Heather from Leicester replies: "Hi Lisa and Tim - I am a believer - when my uncle was dying he was quite isolated and alone I felt great compassion for him and sent him Reiki every night I knew that it would help him in some way and I prayed for him. It was November when he passed and after I heard I was quite emotional but then I saw a butterfly flying around my lounge and kitchen I followed it in wonder as peacock butterflies are never around in November in UK let alone inside, I wondered where it had come from then I realised that it was a sign of transformation and I am very grateful. I could share many other accounts but I think this one will help others. X"
09/25/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Lisa: ty sooo much for thinking of me and wishing me wellness. I don't think i'm familiar w/ Dr. Christiane Northrup, so thanx for the tip.
I know it would make you happy to find cases so far gone as myself, Robyn and the like, make big, miraculous comebacks. As I began reading Robyn's post from you about the dfb, and how severe his MCS is; what, this side of heaven could help? Many NDE'rs get those miraculous cures from God or Heaven or Love, but how can we, save having an NDE, get some of that healing power HERE and NOW.
As the scientific and information age rapidly progresses we are definitely closing in on what exactly a miracle is and how to achieve it. We've got the Gene/DNA/Cloning stuff being applied w/ good success, we've got Chakra healing and balancing making positive impacts on overall health. Since my recent one step improvement from the bottom, I am getting very good results from Love 528 DNA repair harmonics. 30 minutes minimum or best for 1 hr brings a noticeable degree of immediate restoration. Leonard Harowitz, the co-author and rediscoverer of the Ancient Solffagio music scales, also authored a book Walk On Water (which i, regrettably, haven't yet read). So, one big area of study is the rediscovery of Ancient knowledge, most of which has been lost to us, excluding of course, all the esoteric knowledge teaching that do remain. Anyway, the Walk On Water book, from what i've read about it, is a science of miracle, of which I consider Harowitzes spin-off of Kabala text. The science of spirituality or better known as sorcery... Which gives me an immediate jump over to Carlos Castaneda reporting from Don Juan Matus that ALL illness is indulgence. If one could but achieve such a definite separation from the ego and the flesh, virtually anything is possible. I've practiced the Tensegrity exercises only minimally but I do feel some effect, especially w/ the immune exercise. The aim of the Toltek sorcerers was to bridge that gap between the earthly body and the spiritual body through the Tensegrity movements. Yoga plus Transcendental Meditation should have similar effects, as would the Chakra exercises. All these practices combined should put anyone much nearer to true healing and recovery without having the jolted NDE healing. The movie Flatliners depicts, in a rather Hollywood fashion, the intentional and controlled NDE. If one got drastic enough (and many NDE'rs did commit suicide albeit unsuccessfully) the NDE is probably the single greatest method of holistic healing known.
Not to be long-winded here, but i've been contemplating one aspect of the NDE reports that very much needs mention here. Many of the reporters witness their own body at the scene of death and their immediate reaction is realizing it is indeed their own body BUT (and no matter how gruesome the scene) there is an almost total disregard for that former "flesh". Some even laugh at what was once their pitiful physical self. Disregarding the villain folks who get the hell experience, everyone else simply wants to stay in the love and the light and absolutely does not want to go back down to earth and body (pain), they know they are "home".
Conclusion: healing is best achieved holistically; which by theory, admits a place of unity in science/nature - art/spirit. Unity is creation, life, and health. In another attempt at pragmatism, where people simply need short, precise recommendations, Dr. Reginald Cheery, imho, hit the nail on the head when he recognized healing as a process and a path. Praying over our medicine, food, and nutritional supplements is one simple act of unity on the path to wellness."
09/25/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Timh, Enjoyed your musings. I have spent a lifetime in spiritual study and reading the masters'. I say spiritual rather than religious and I say masters because there have been so many who have walked this earth plane though each religion pretty much recognizes only one. Here in LA, Yogananda has a beautiful place called the Lake Shrine Self-Realization Fellowship where many masters are recognized with statues scattered around the lake and in the chapel, pictures line the walls of them as well. I myself was a student of Baba Muktananda for many years, a guru from India. I learned so much from him through his books and also on the inner planes. My meditations soared with Siddha yoga. Today, I work to do what I call, "living meditation" and that is to know always that spirit is present and I must be fully present to what is in front of me. In that sense, I am most effective in helping my fellow humans.
I don't think this earth plane is an easy one and yet, we "choose" to come here for this human experience. With that understanding, we can learn to "live in this world but not be of it". Not always an easy task with these cumbersome bodies but a noble one! This journey we call life is such an adventure and though at times, it seems long it is so very brief. And with each experience our soul grows in wisdom. Many blessings on you Timh! And may your journey get better each day... Lisa"
[YEA] 08/02/2009: Connie from Manitowoc, Wisconsin: "Try rubbing salt into a mosquito bite, just ordinary table salt. I tried it on a new itchy bite I thought was from a mosquito; the bite was gone the next day. Mosquito bites usually last days on me."Replies
[YEA] 05/10/2012: Kamikan from College Station, Texas, Usa replies: "I was surprised to find this actually works! I had several all over my arm and leg after watering the plants (strangely, the bites were only on my left side).
I rubbed a pinch of salt on each bite. Within moments the itch stopped, and within a couple hours the swelling was reduced to a small red dot, like a flea bite. The dots didn't disappear until a few days later, but they were inconspicuous and never itched again."
05/14/2012: Martha from Waxhaw, Nc replies: "I recently had a bite on my neck that started itching so bad I could hardly stand it. I thought it was a spider bite but was not sure. I went online and read about spider bites and it said to use Baking Soda, made into a paste. I tried it and it helped so much. The next day it had started trying to dry up. I still do not know what bite I had, but whatever it was the BS seemed to work."
05/15/2012: Betty from Neosho, Mo. replies: "I had a recluse spider bite. My daghter had used thinnly sliced onion as a poultice for bruises so I thought it might pull the poison out of bite. Tried it, only had red onion but used it overnight and next morning was almost gone. Healed real nice. no Dr bill, no antiboitics."
[YEA] 10/04/2012: Imran from London, Uk replies: "I had maybe 6-8 mosquito bites on my feet and ankles it was so itchy it was becoming unbareable so I got normal cooking salt rubbed it in for about 1 mins on my slightly wet feet in the tub and immediately started feeling relief... Also as a side benefit it made my feet smooth not that I cared but something I noticed main thing was my itchyness was GONE!"
Tea Tree Oil
[YEA] 10/12/2009: Lisa from Coto De Caza, Ca: "My daughter woke up one morning with a few bug bits (most likely spider bites) that itched and were swollen. We put a little tea tree oil on it and the itching stopped very quickly. The next day the bites were completely gone. A few days later I had a bug bite that itched like crazy, so I tried the tea tree oil on it and it worked great."
[YEA] 01/03/2009: Kathleen from Brisbane, Australia: "Living in Australia, tea tree is readily available at supermarkets etc, and is great for taking away the itch from flea, mosquito, midgee bites (and lots more). It works by 1. taking away the itch - anaesthetic; 2. healing the infected area (antiseptic), and repels the other bugs hat might come near you.
I dip a cotton bud into the oil (100%, or even the dilluted version) and rub it onto the bite, sometimes I reapply it, and before you know it - its gone!"
[YEA] 06/29/2008: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA: "Well, I don't know why, but this summer the Vitamin B-6 and B-12 are not working to prevent mosquito bites! I have been taking the supplements for the past week and have gotten a bunch of mosquito bites when I walk outside. Last summer I didn't get any bites when I took the supplements. I had my husband test the supplements and he too got eaten alive one night. Tiger Balm is still the best remedy in my opinion to remove the itch from bites.
One great side effect from the supplements however, is that they appear to be a great natural deodorant! No baking soda necessary on the armpits when taking these 2 vits. Hopefully others will try them and let me know if they agree on the b/o."Replies
[YEA] 06/28/2011: Rebekah from Anchorage, Ak, Usa replies: "Thank you for this suggestion. We forgot our bug dope on our camping trip this weekend and the mosquitoes really got me before the local place opened up so we could buy some repellent. So far the Tiger Balm is working well. I can tell I'm going to need several applications, but for the moment my calves aren't itching like crazy."
[YEA] 04/28/2008: Michelle from Pasadena, CA: "For some reason, in the past 2 or 3 years, i've had 3 bad cases of allergic reactions to insect or arachnid bites, though i've never been able to pinpoint exactly what's been biting me. The doc's said take allergy meds, but nothing seems to work (i've got about 3 tubes of cream in my cabinet) and the ITCHING!!!! The itching is the worst part of it all. I woke up 8 times last night scratching my leg, and i knew if i could just get the itching to stop, the bite would heal much faster and i wouldn't be causing all this swelling and put myself at an impetigo risk. I've used Tiger Balm for sore muscles before, but never for bites. I'm now sitting here cool as a cucumber, tingly, and ITCH FREE for the first time!!! I can throw out those tubes of cream and keep an all natural multitasker, my cabinet, and my legs thak you."Replies
[YEA] 07/05/2009: Bryana from Woodland Hills, CA replies: "This TIGER BALM remedy works! I love it. I had bites that itch like crazy so i put Calamine on it and it didn't work. I came to earth clinic and read on and i found this remedy I tried it and right now i am tingling and i fill fine and NO itching. It burns a bit at first but after it leaves a nice tingling feeling I LOVE IT!"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 05/15/2012: Kendra from Charleston, Sc replies: "Be careful using Tiger Balm. I had my husband rub some on my neck one time for some muscle pain and ended up the ER with Cellulitis. They gave me Steroids and Benedryl right there. It was very painful, so please make sure you aren't allergic.
Cellulitis is a common skin infection and caused an itchy painful red rash."
[YEA] 04/30/2012: Aka Sherri from College Station, Texas, United States: "As a landscape designer and avid gardener, I've been stung many times by scorpions, bees, wasps, you name it. I've tried baking soda, ammonia and benydril, but it still took several days to get better. Once, I stepped on a scorpion and had to sit with my foot elevated for 3 whole days before I could walk again.
I found a remedy that works nearly instantly!
Someone told me about this remedy years ago. It's supposed to be an old Native American remedy. As the subject says, it's disgusting! However, when I've been stung I can easily deal with gross if it means the pain will go away right now instead of 3 days later!
If you smoke, shame on you! But when it comes to stinging insects, you are in luck! Bite off about half the length of a cigarette and chew it. Your mouth will immediately dry up, but then it will begin to salivate profusely. As soon as the tobacco is wet and chewed up, spit the wad out on the sting/bite site and leave it there. I promise, you won't be much concerned about the taste of the tobacco given the serious pain you're in! :)
The sooner you can get the chewed tobacco onto the sting site, the less time it will take for the pain to go away and all of the poison to be drawn out of the body. Even though the pain will dissipate quickly, the tobacco needs to stay on longer to remove all the poison.
For example: If you get tobacco onto the wound with in 30 seconds, the pain will be gone almost instantly and it will probably only take about 5 or 10 minutes to get all the poison out. If it takes 5 minutes to get the tobacco, it might be a few minutes before the pain is gone and might take an hour to get all the poison out. This is why I always keep a bag of additive free natural tobacco in my bag of gardening tools, so I can stop the pain ASAP!!
You will know when all the poison is gone if you can remove the tobacco and the pain stays gone. If you still feel pain or it starts to return, put it back on.
The tobacco needs to stay wet. If it dries up and you start to feel pain, spit on the tobacco, or better yet, chew up some fresh tobacco.
****I tried just wetting the tobacco with water instead of chewing on it. It didn't work for me. There seems to be something about the saliva/tobacco/nicotine mix that helps****
If you have fresh sage, mix that in with the tobacco. It seems to step up the relief. I've never tried using sage alone. Frankly, I'm not willing to experiment and find out if sage on its own will work when I am in so much pain. I'll only do that when/if I find myself with out any tobacco!
I have used the remedy countless times and it has NEVER FAILED ME!
I hope it works for others as well. I will surely feel terrible if it doesn't work for someone who braved the disgusting taste cigarette tobacco but didn't find relief!"
Vinegar for Biting Flies
[YEA] 04/09/2008: Karen from Minneapolis, Minnesota: "1/4 Vinegar 3/4 Water Spray Bottle Stopped Biting Flies on me and my Dog. We live on a lake and have lots of flies and mosquitos. This worked great. Good for my skin and my dog didn't have any fleas. Seemed to work on all pesty bugs. Great for horses too although it works better on a rag. Horses don't like the spray bottle noise. I use also when outdoors i.e.golfing."
[YEA] 12/14/2008: Donna from Port Huron, MI: "We do backpacking in remote areas in northern Michigan where mosquitoes and black flies can make a trip unbearable. I read about taking Vitamin B6 to prevent bites, tried it and found it completely successful. But one time when backpacking with our daughter, I had forgotten the B6 but was taking Vitamin C up to my bowel tolerance level for a specific medical problem. So my blood and cells were full of Vitamin C. I noticed that my daughter's legs were covered with mosquitoes and black flies and in a few minutes, each bite would swell up and become red. I was surrounded by flies and mosquitoes but either I was not bitten (I did not feel anything) or I did not have any reaction. I think that the mosquitoes do not like the high acid content of the blood (I was taking the acidic form of Vitamin C). In addition, when cell and tissue fluid are saturated with Vitamin C, edemas will be removed by the body very quickly. I think this probably is why bites either do not swell or do not last very long if people are taking Vitamin C."
[YEA] 05/29/2008: WT from Spartanburg, sc: "Vitamin C for Insect Bites and Allergies: I had a spider bite once that swelled on my forearm like a half-egg under the skin. I took 3-4G of ascorbic acid, the cheap Vitamin C from Sams club, about once every hour and a half or so. By dark the swelling was down to maybe 10%. I continued overnight and all day the next day. During that time, while in the yard working, I felt something on my arm. I looked down to see a "fireant" biting feverishly the back of my hand. I assumed there must be something wrong with him as I didn't feel any burning. Another one bit me later with the same results. I only noticed a feeling like something was crawling on me. The wounds never swelled, turned red or itched! It must have been the massive doses of C circulating in my blood.
I estimated I consumed about 40 grams of C over a 24hr period. Normally that much C will give you severe diarrhea and gas! I had neither.
I also take it for severe allergy flareups with great and quick relief, though only last for 2-4 hours, depending on the intensity of the allergen."
Vitamin C, Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 09/26/2011: Victor from San Diego, Ca: "I used to be mosquitos' favourite meal, and I was also quite alergic to their bites: big part of me would swell up and look like a jelly for several days. During last year I started taking vitamin B complex, and large doses of vitamin C (about one gram before every meal or snack). This summer I noticed that mosquitos stayed away from me, even though they got my partner a few times. I am not sure if it was vitamin C, or the B complex. However, I noticed that when a few weeks ago I switched from the acidic version of vitamin C to the ascorbate version, some of the magic went away, and I got bitten again.
Then I made a wonderful discovery. I rubbed the bite mark with vinegar for about a minute, and the swelling and itching dissappeared after a few minutes. I used the unfiltered organic ACV, but I am not sure if the vinegar type mattered."
[YEA] 09/04/2008: Maatka from Chicago, IL: "White vinegar and my mineral Mud mask did the trick for us. I was awaken at 2am by my 5 year old crying and in pain from several mosquito bits on her finger that that swollen to twice the size. It was itching and burning and I immediately check earthclinic for a remedy. First I applied the vinegar with a cotton ball waited until it dried and then coated and covered the area with some mineral mud I had left over from a beauty treatment, it worked like a charm and now only 20 min later she's fast asleep. Thanks earthclinic, now I can get some rest, at least until the next midnight emergency lol. One more thing, next time I'll apply the white vinegar Immediately after the insect bits takes place, as it takes away the itching almost instantly."