Bites and stings by an insect or spider is fairly common around the world. Mostly it is just an annoyance but for some people it can be fatal if not attended to immediately.
You get bitten or stung for two reasons: one is to feed from you and the other is for defence.
Either way it is often painful, sometimes itchy and occasionally can lead to infection or a life threatening reaction called Anaphylaxis or Anaphylactic Shock.
The hole punctured by the insect injecting either saliva (for feeding) or poison (for defence) can become irritated and form a lump or weal around the injection point.
This usually clears up after a few days, depending on the type of insect doing the stinging and the sensitivity of the person being bitten.
When bitten, try not to scratch the wound as this will allow infection to set in. If the irritation and pain is severe see your doctor.
If you have the following symptoms then get urgent medical attention as they are signs of anaphylactic shock:
Remove the sting by scraping out sideways - don't pull it out.The apply a cold compress of one drop of Chamomile and one drop of Lavender. Either tape the compress to the sting area and leave few several hours or hold it in place for as long as possible.
After which, apply 1 drop neat Chamomile 3 times a day for 2 days.
Dog bites can be very traumatic and painful. Using essential oils for these sorts of bites can ease the trauma.
Wash the bite area with warm water and antiseptic.
The apply some Tea Tree essential oil directly to the wound and cover with a light dressing.
If the skin has been broken or you suspect damage done to any internal tissue go to hospital for a check up and a possible tetanus injection.
For a single bite use a drop of Lavender oil on the spot. If you have multiple mozzie bites use 250ml of apple cider vinegar and add 10 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Thyme.
Either put this in a bath and lie in it or wipe the entire area of bites over with a face cloth or small towel soaked in the mixture.
Then apply one drop of Lavender oil over each bite mark.
It is very important to try to identify the snake, if at all possible.
Flood the bite area with Lavender essential oil. Bind the wound firmly but not too tight.
Keep the patient calm and still.
<h4>Seek emergency aid immediately.</h4>
This will depend on the spider which bit you. If it is listed as dangerous, like the Redback, Black Widow, Mouse, or Australian Funnel-web, then go straight to hospital. If you are not sure, head to the emergency room to be on the safe side.
If you are sure that your were bitten by a non-dangerous type of spider, use a teaspoon of alcohol with 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Chamomile and dab onto the area 3 times a day.
Allow a tick to fall out naturally or remove it by applying a drop of Thyme to the tick to encourage it to release its proboscis, but do not try to pull it out.
Then apply one drop of Lavender every 5 minutes for a total of an hour to avoid infection.
Wasps can be very aggressive.
If bitten use one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and add 2 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Chamomile.
Mix them together and apply to the bitten spot.