Every summer, I spend some time in Muskoka, a region of Ontario north of Toronto known for its mosquitoes. In fact, even worse are the black flies that swarm the area before it is fully warmed up. Usually I miss black fly season, but sometimes it lingers when a summer gets off to a cold, wet start. These buggers are particularly nasty. They actually take a bite out of you (you literally are missing a 1/16 inch patch of skin!) and the resulting itchy welt can last for a week. And on a delightful note, they especially like to bite your neck and behind your ears!
Thankfully, homeopathy has a lot to offer for insect bites. Four useful remedies are the following:
Apis: Red, inflamed insect bites, often associated with burning or stinging pain. Worse from heat, better from cool applications. I have often found topical Apis gel to be wonderful for insect bites.
Ledum: The most common remedy for itching bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, spiders, and ticks. An important remedy for any puncture wound. Better from cool applications, sensitive to touch. Ledum cream can also be useful and can be bought from various homeopathic pharmacies.
Hypericum: Bites with sharp shooting pains. Also an important puncture wound remedy.
Staphysagria: Useful when insect bites itch excessively and turn into large welts. (I haven’t tried it, but I will this summer if a black fly gets to me!)
As mentioned above, a very useful option is to use homeopathic creams for insect bites. Sometimes you can get creams made from Apis, Ledum, or Hypericum. Such creams also often include Calendula, which can help the bites to heal. Check your health food store for products such as Boiron Bitecare, or other creams offered by various homeopathic pharmacies or by FirstAidCreams.com.
Finally, don’t forget that many insect repellants are very toxic, especially those that contain DEET. Check your health food store for more natural alternatives based on various oils that repel insects.
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Amy L. Lansky, PhD was a Silicon Valley computer scientist when her life was transformed by the miraculous homeopathic cure of her son’s autism. In April 2003 she published Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, now one of the best-selling introductory books on homeopathy worldwide (www.impossiblecure.com). Amy speaks and writes internationally about homeopathy, hosts a monthly radio show on Autism One Radio (autismone.org), and was an executive board member of the National Center for Homeopathy from 2004-2011. Her second book, on meditation and developing one’s innate ability to evolve and transform the world, was published in September 2011 — Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within (www.activeconsciousness.com).