Lavender oil has long been used for the treatment of a variety of insect bites and stings – at one time it was even used to treat snake bite!
In the Alps, if their dogs are bitten by adders, huntsmen will get lavender, crush it and rub it on the bites. The venom is neutralized immediately.
Lavender has also been found to bring fast relief from the bites of mosquitoes, fleas and horseflies -as well as wasp and bee stings! Dabbed directly onto the bite it not only soothes itching and relieves pain but also prevents any infection from developing due to scratching – especially among children. Lavender oil also makes an excellent insect repellent – and has been used for centuries to protect clothes and linen from moths.
To treat bites and stings apply neat lavender oil to the affected area – repeat every 4 hours or as required.
As a preventative measure, lavender oil can be applied neat to exposed skin; to clothing such as socks, scarves, etc.
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; or diluted in a light vegetable oil base for application to larger areas.
To keep insects out of the house, apply lavender to hanging ribbons or use a vaporizer.
Other measures: there are several oils which have insect-repellant properties, the most useful being tea tree, citronella, lemongrass, eucalyptus or atlas cedarwood – or a combination of these.