3 Homeopathic First Aids I Used This Past Month
A couple of weekends ago on a Saturday we were exploring our local bay side beach. It is surrounded by beautiful trees, bushes, and foliage from a variety of plant life. During all the fun and joy, Miranda ended up getting some kind of insect bites on her foot and leg. They did not seem to be anything but itchy, so we just put some medicated anti-itch on it and let it be. Sunday the bites seemed a bit more pronounced and she complained again of the itching. Again with the medicated itch gel and letting it be.
By the afternoon of Monday, we knew there was a problem. She had
scratched all of the little puss-filled spots open and her foot had swelled to twice it’s size or so. Dad and I went into slight panic-mode. I dropped everything and went to the computer for homeopathic first aid options. While we monitored her for anaphylactic shock (because she has never had any swelling like this before) I found some options. After I put a paste of baking soda and honey on the bites I went and purchased Children’s Benadryl for just in case. This took maybe 15 for whole time I was gone. When I arrived home her foot looked soooo much better. Dad said that the swelling had almost immediately went down. We then proceeded to give her a small dose of the Benadryl and sent her to bed after dinner wearing a sock holding the honey-baking soda onto her foot and leg. Through out all of this
Miranda said she didn’t have any pain, just itchiness.
By the next day (Tuesday) the swelling was down but not much. So I gave her weak Calendula tea and continued with the honey-baking soda. Midday she complained that the itching was hard to deal with. So I switched to straight up fresh aloe vera like we use on our sunburns. The itching went away almost at once and the swelling went down a bit more as well. A bit more Benadryl that night with continued applications of the aloe vera and by Wednesday morning the swelling was down even more! The rest of that day she seemed fine and we just continued with the aloe vera and Thursday morning her foot seemed almost normal with slight swelling still around the bites. Two weeks later she is back to her normal self.
Here are the articles I found online for homeopathic first aids.
I found out about the aloe vera and calendula from this great article 9 Remedies for Insect Bites. Super helpful!
I found out about Quercetin at MovePhysicalTherapy.com. It can reduce histamine in the body and is found naturally mainly in dark-red and blue fruits like cranberries, black plums, blueberries and cherries.
Vitamin A, vitamin C, flavanoids, bromelain (found in pineapple), are all helpful in taking down swelling from histamine reactions. LivingStrong.com has this great article about it.
Have you ever had to deal with scary bug bite swelling? What did you try for first aid? Leave a comment! Can’t wait to hear all about it!