Herbs That Keep the Bugs Away and Banish Bug Bites!
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Gardening
Take a look in your general store and you'll find plenty of
manufactured ways to keep bugs off of your skin and to heal bug bites.
These commercial sprays and remedies are usually quite effective, but
many of them contain chemicals that are harmful to your body or the
environment, and you may find yourself having a worse reaction to them
than you would have had to any bug! Well, what other option is there,
then? Herbs that you can find in specialty store or oftentimes in your
own backyard are a natural, non-toxic, and equally effective way to
combat bugs and bug bites.
Tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil
are the three types of oils most recommended by herbalists for their
ability to neutralize the toxicity of a bug bite, stave off itchiness,
and reduce skin inflammation. An undiluted drop or two of any of these
oils can be applied directly onto the skin or bug bite, or add a few
drops into clay, honey, or baking soda mixtures first to increase their
efficacy. If you want another essential oil to keep bugs away, choose
one that has a spicy, pungent, or woodsy odor, such as cedar wood,
citronella, eucalyptus, and rosemary.
The plantain plant makes its home along the roadways and in the
backyards of American homes as an unassuming weed. Give it a closer
look and learn about its "drawing" properties and you have another
treatment for bug bites. Simply take the fresh herb (or you can dry it
out), chop it finely, add water, and then apply this mixture to a sting
or bite. You should feel the area begin to warm; this means that the
toxins are being drawn from the skin. Continue adding more plantain to
the bite until the swelling and pain has subsided.
Although harmful in other forms, tobacco as a topical herb
possesses many medicinal properties. A small bunch of loose tobacco
leaves, combined with water or apple cider and turned into a paste, can
be applied topically to a bite to help ease pain and can remain on the
skin until the swelling has subsided. However, if you notice the area
becoming irritated, wash away the paste completely.
The next time you're looking to find a way to stop the bugs from
bugging you, look no further than at what nature has provided for you!