This would make a terrific Halloween post as I’m prone to getting bitten by blood-sucking critters….thankfully not vampires, nor bats or other fanciful creatures!
But, fleas, mosquitoes, and the like, find me delicious. They hone in on my whereabouts – indoors or out – leaving both my husband and older son unscathed.
Sunday morning (4 days ago), I woke up with two nasty mosquito bites, 1/2 inch apart, on my inner right forearm just below the elbow. Heard a mosquito’s dreaded whine as I went to bed the night before, but couldn’t spot her in the low light.
Normally, I kill mosquitoes without hesitation, either before they bite or right when I’m bitten, minimizing how much blood thinning venom gets injected. But she ‘got me good’ as I was sound asleep – 2 nasty bites with a full doses of venom each.
Since being a small child, I’ve always reacted to insect bites with an intense maddening itchiness! Because the mosquito had her fill, my immune system reacted with a large, hot, slightly painful, red welt. In the photo above (taken 24hrs after being bitten), the swelling almost obscures the lower bite near two subtle whitish streaks.
In the photo below, you can see the distortion of my right inner forearm from the welt.
I immediately applied anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory therapeutic essential oils, especially once the bites started defining “the damages” with contrasting circular edges – making me wonder if by some chance I could have gotten tick bites? (There’s a local danger of lyme’s disease here in Sonoma county, which is prime deer terrain.)
First, I used 4-6 drops of Young Living Essential Oils ‘Melrose’ blend (Melaleuca / Tea Tree and Rosemary). It’s excellent for preventing infection and won’t ‘sting’ open bites, cuts, or wounds. A few hours later, the welt hadn’t diminished, so I applied several drops of 100% undiluted German Chamomile therapeutic essential oil for its powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. And reapplied the chamomile before bedtime since both bites were ‘weeping’ quite a bit of fluid.
The third morning, though swelling remained, it wasn’t as hot or red. Instead of hurting, the welt was beginning to itch. Small ‘bumps’ were forming in the vicinity of the bites as my skin worked to detox the venom.
But the bites weren’t healing as quickly as I wanted them to. So, I decided to try some newly discovered therapeutic essential oils Kunzea and Fragonia™, which Daniel Penoel, MD – a French physician and trained medical aromatherapist – has recommended heartily. Dr. Penoel suggests combining the EOs 1/3 Fragonia™ + 2/3 Kunzea for daytime use to benefit from their complementary healing compounds and balancing Yin/Yang energies.
Again, I used 4-6 drops right on the welt, gently rubbed in until absorbed by my skin. Did this 2-3 times before going to bed that night.
By the fourth day, I was no longer concerned about possible tick bites or Lyme’s disease. My skin was making a good recovery. The redness, heat and most of the swelling were gone. The itching had subsided. (Thank goodness!)
The photo above was taken several hours ago. Comparing this photo with the prior one, you can see how the reaction has subsided. Though some minimal swelling remains, my skin is cool to touch with NO pain or itching to torment me! The healing will continue quickly now. I’ll put on one more dose of my Kunzea-Fragonia essential oil blend for good measure!
Here’s another photo 2 days later, less than a week after being bitten.
I purchased my essential oils from Nancy d’Angelo, Julia Rose Botanicals, at firstname.lastname@example.org She invited interested participants to help further Dr. Penoel in his quest for good clinical research.