Lemon Oil: Using lemon oil for bites and stings March 06 2014
Common bites or stings from bees, wasps, mosquitoes, fleas, horse flies, chiggers, ticks, and non-toxic spiders exhibit redness and swelling at the affected area and are most often accompanied by an annoying itch. Lemon oil (citrus limonium) has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties that make it a great option for preventing infection of these bites and stings. In addition, lemon oil is also useful as an insect repellent, particularly mosquitoes.
Most common bug bites cause mild to moderate discomfort, redness, itching and/or swelling, can be treated fairly easily, and symptoms will go away within a few days. There are, however, bites from more dangerous insects and spiders, (such as the black widow, brown recluse, ticks and scorpions) that can be much more serious and demand medical attention at the onset of symptoms.
How to use lemon oil to treat insect bites and stings:
For non-toxic bites, apply lemon oil as soon as possible.
Gently clean affected area and let air-dry.
Apply 1-3 drops directly onto affected area. Repeat up to five times per day, or as needed to reduce symptoms.
For children or those with sensitive skin, dilute 3-5 drops in 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (such as jojoba or coconut oil) and apply a small amount to affected area every hour, or as often as needed.
A 50:50 mixture of lemon oil and carrier oil can also be applied directly onto the skin to prevent bacteria and infection.
Add 10 drops of lemon oil to one cup of very warm (almost hot) water. Saturate a washcloth and apply as a compress to the affected area. Repeat as necessary to soothe and reduce swelling.
Avoid scratching as much as possible to minimize chance of infection.
For a powerful insect repellant, 20-30 drops of lemon oil in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil (coconut or almond). Massage into skin before outdoor activities.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.
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