How To: Heal Bug Bites & Stings Holistically

We're in our last days of summer (thank God! It has been miserable in the DMV). It's also that time of year when I get wayyyy more bug bites. It must be something in my pheromones cuz it just calls mosquitoes and all they cousins. Ugh. But you know what? I'm not having it. I've long since given up on avoiding mosquito bites, but I whipped up this Chamomile Tea Poultice to help me manage the itching, discomfort, and swelling.

This poultice is made of bentonite clay, chamomile tea, and honey. Why? because historically, poultices were used to draw toxins (like the poison of bug bites) out of the skin. Many know about bentonite clay because of its use in masks to pull toxins and impurities out of the skin. Most might use water to make this poultice, but I've added chamomile tea because the herb is antioxidant and helps with the itching feeling. The honey is  humectant, so it will bring moisture to the sting or bite, which is what we want - don't want the skin to be all dried out. Now, let's do this.

Grab yo:

  • Whisk or other mixing tool
  • Medical tape
  • Bentonite clay - you need 1/4 cup
  • Chamomile tea - you need 1/2 cup
  • Honey - you need 1 tablespoon

Let's work:

  1. Mix together the bentonite clay, tea, and honey.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

How to use it:

  1. Apply a generous amount of the poultice to some gauze.
  2. Tape the gauze to your skin, making sure to cover the bite or sting with the poultice.
  3. Let the poultice work its #poulticemagic for 2-3 hours.
  4. Clean your skin and dress the skin. 
  5. Repeat the dressing 2 or 3 times throughout the day as needed. 

*Note: This poultice will last one week.

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