Welcome to summer...sunburns, bee stings, mosquitoes, poison ivy, etc. Luckily, many homeopathic remedies, essential oils, and preparations can be carried with you so that you can have a fun day, even if you find yourself with a bite or sting.
Lets start with homeopathy. I like Hyland's Apis for bee stings. My husband used to have to go to the E.R. when stung because of having bad reactions to stings. Please do go to the emergency room if you feel it is necessary, but my husband hasn't needed to when he takes the Apis. I also like the remedy Sting Stop for use externally because it helps with the itching, pain, and redness.
Make sure to carry your homeopathic poison ivy tablets, poison oak itch relief spray, and a bar of Jewelweed Chickweed herbal soap with you when you are out and about. Jewelweed is natures remedy for poison ivy. Jewelweed often grows near poison ivy and is a folk remedy for poison ivy, irritants like mosquitoes, bug bites, razor burn, and heat rash. According to altnature.com/jewelweed.htm, "The results of a clinical study, in which a 1:4 Jewelweed preparation was compared for its effectiveness with other standard poison ivy dermatitis treatments was published in 1958, (Annals of Allergy 1958; 16:526-527). Of 115 patients treated with jewelweed, 108 responded "most dramatically to the topical application of this medication and were entirely relieved of their symptoms within 2 or 3 days after the treatment." The herb chickweed is used mainly for itch relief.
Poison ivy tablets by Hylands contain croton, rhus tox, and xerophyllum, which are good when the skin breaks out with red, swollen, intense itching, burning, watery blisters, sometimes followed by oozing or crusting.
All Terrain's Herbal Armor and suntan lotion are both highly rated by the EWC for purity and effectiveness. The herbal armor uses the essential oils of citronella, peppermint, cedarwood, lemongrass, and geranium. It has proven to be natural and safe. All Terrain's Herbal Armor was awarded best gear for hikers or anything outdoors. For pets (cats and dogs) and people, there is an organic tick repellent by Ticks N All. For people, the essential oils used are cedarwood, lemongrass, rosemary, peppermint, citronella, thyme, clove, and geranium oils. For pets, the essential oils used are citronella, rosemary, cedarwood, lemongrass, cinnamon, peppermint, thyme, clove, and geranium.
Of course, you can also make your own remedies. doTERRA has an essential oil blend called TerraShield that combines Ylang Ylang Flower, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea Fruit, Arborvitae Wood essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil and Tamanu Seed Oil. This is a wonderful product for a wonderful price (retails at $14).
Please make sure that you are not using any citrus essential oils like bergamot, grapefruit, wild orange, lemon, etc. externally then being exposed to the sun because they make your skin photosensitive. Please use our Facebook page for a more complete listing, as we don't want you to burn!