Insect bites are more than just uncomfortable.
We all love to enjoy nature at this time of year, but our fun can be marred by getting bitten or stung by mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects. Insect bites are uncomfortable, and can also lead to serious diseases.
Mosquito bites can transmit West Nile Virus and other diseases, depending on your location. It is an interesting fact that only female mosquitoes bite, and they use the blood they collect as a protein source for their eggs!
Ticks can transmit Lyme disease along with other infections. Avoid brushing up against tall grass when outdoors, and wear light colored protective clothing when in areas known to have tick infestations.
The best remedy for bug bites
Ledum palustre is the best all purpose remedy for insect bites. It has proven effective for many kinds of insect bites, including the bites and stings of mosquitoes, ticks, bees, wasps, spiders, and fleas.
For cases that need Ledum, there may be intense itching, inflammation, and possibly coldness at the site of the bite, which is somewhat relieved by applying ice or cold packs. It is also a good remedy for cat scratches or bites, and other kinds of puncture wounds.
How to use the remedy
If itching or pain is severe, a 30C potency can be given every 15 minutes to bring relief. If the discomfort is more moderate, one dose of 30C may be enough.
Ledum can also be used for prevention of insect bites, especially mosquito bites, by taking a dose of 30C before going outside.
Ledum is one remedy you need to keep around this summer. I will discuss some other great remedies in my next post!