Summertime in Southern Idaho means outside, camping, fairs, rodeos, boating and a fun. With an active outdoor lifestyle, bumps and scrapes are bound to happen – especially with the kids. Here are some simple natural remedies to meet some of your first aid needs while you are having fun this summer.

Insect Bites and Stings: Wet leafy chewing tobacco and rub over bite, allowing the juice to stay on, or apply poultice of ground Comfrey leaves and water, or apply Lavender oil.

Spider Bites: Rub lavender oil and/or tea tree oil on bite until symptoms disappear. Clay poultice will draw poisons. Lavender oil neutralizes poisons.

Snake Bite: Rub lavender oil over whole limb that was bitten and get medical help as soon as possible.

Poison Ivy/Oak: Aloe vera gel is very helpful when applied to affected area. Apply lavender oil to rash. Apply equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to skin. Yarrow made into a strong tea can be rubbed on body and taken internally for symptoms.

Burns: Apply aloe vera gel, tea tree oil, or run cool water over burn. Or use equal parts vinegar and water.

Stinging Nettle: Wherever stinging nettle grows, burdock grows close by. Take a leaf of burdock or cottonwood and rub on the sting of the nettle and it will go away instantly.

Insect Repellent: Citronella oil and bergamot orange oil and lavender oil, equal amounts.

Ticks: Drop 1 drop of thyme oil and oregano oil on the tick and it should release.

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Information in this article is for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended as medical advice or for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed Medical Profession.  Neither the publisher or author directly or indirectly dispenses medical advice, nor do they prescribe remedies or assume responsibility for those who choose to treat themselves.