Every summer time first aid kit should include Lavender. It can be applied 'neatly' (without dilution) to the affected area as needed. After cleaning the area with warm soapy water, rinsing and drying, apply a drop directly to the insect bite. Camomile and Eucalyptus can also be applied in small dabs directly on the bite.

For more serious insect bites such as bee stings, remove the stinger first. Then apply Lavender, Camomile or Eucalyptus. We would suggest using an ASPIVENIN sting remover which can be obtained from most good chemists. ASPIVENIN is a miniature suction pump. It is small, light, and can be used one-handed. It is permanently re-usable. This device is intended for first aid purposes, while waiting for the medical care that is indispensable in serious cases.



ASPIVENIN painlessiy extracts the poison from stings and bites through the creation of a vacuum on the surface of skin. This is done by simply pressing the plunger. USE: As soon as possible in all cases of injected poison from hornets, wasps. bees, mosquitos. stinging plants, fish, scorpions and most snake bites. Apply a cold compress over the affected area, changing frequently. Do NOT use ice as you can cause damage to the skin should it become accidentally frozen. If you or the person bitten are affected by severe allergic reactions to bee stings, seek immediate medical attention.

For gnat bites, a mixture of 1 teaspoon cider vinegar and 3 drops Thyme applied to the bite will give relief. Some people get relief from the severe itching of all insect bites by applying a small amount of Peppermint mixed with a carrier oil to the area. Other essential oils for repelling, that may work better for some include: Lemongrass, Citronella, Thyme, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Geranium, and Sandalwood.

Preventing bites by using essential oils and blends to repel those nasty encounters is a pleasant and simple thing to do. Here is a recipe to help keep those bugs at bay:

Cajeput - 25 drops
Lemon - 19 drops
Geranium - 19 drops
Cedarwood - 13 drops
Sweet almond oil 2 oz

Mix the essential oils, then add the Almond Oil. Shake until well blended. Apply a thin amount to exposed skin. Apply as needed.

IF the person is allergic to Bee Stings or such, seek immediate medical attention.

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