© 2008 Jason Lugo

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.

If you have more questions concerning this article email Dr. Grogan at   thehealthyway@qwestoffice.net
or visit Brenda’s website:  http://www.thehealthywayonline.com/

Medical disclaimer:

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.

About the author

Dr. Brenda Grogan ND(http://www.thehealthywayonline.com) - Brenda Grogan, N.D., has been practicing health and healing for 33 years. She spent 15 years as a medical nurse and has spent the past 20 years in the alternative healthcare field. Today she is a naturopathic medical doctor, practicing in her home-based office in Twin Falls. The Healthy Way Inc. offers several modalities of natural and holistic health, including kinesiology, color therapy, music therapy, nerve muscle release, emotional and allergy release, cranial sacral therapy, homeopathy, massage and hypnosis. Dr. Grogan's office treats patients with all kinds of health needs, from infant to elderly. Dr.Grogan, who is married with six children, also teaches a course through the College of Southern Idaho, entitled "Introduction to Energy/Kinesiology." Her focus is to teach people natural ways of healing their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual beings.

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