Calm the patient. Then immerse the affected area in a bowl of cold water containing ice cubes and a teaspoon of baking powder, which slows the circulation and helps prevent the spread of poison. Alternatively, apply fresh raw onion over the area or cover with wheat germ oil, put an ice pack on top, or apply calendula ointment. This should be done before anything else.
Give Dr. Bach Rescue Remedy (a fl ower remedy available from specialist shops and pharmacies), arnica (a homeopathic remedy), or a few drops of lobelia leaf tincture. Serious allergic reactions need to be treated with cortisone or adrenaline, for which you must seek urgent medical help; administer coffee in the short term. If the patient loses consciousness, apply a few drops of lobelia leaf tincture to the lips.
This very often brings them back. Don’t scratch or squeeze the wound, which can encourage infection. Use lavender, tea tree, or rosemary essential oil, or lemon juice. Also apply Echinacea root tincture topically. When in natural surroundings, look for plantain leaves and either rub on fresh or prepare as an extra-strong tea (boiled for ten minutes) and apply it to the wound on cotton balls.
Insect repellents Elder leaves and flowers can be bruised and made into a concoction. Applied to the skin it will act as a repellent, but can also be used as a poultice for insect bites. Lemongrass and citronella also make excellent insect repellents. Shock and fainting Use lobelia leaf tincture; a few drops on the tongue will help in any shock situation, from grief to a car accident.
It also helps to revive patients suffering blackouts. The tincture only needs to be rubbed onto the lips in situations in which swallowing or access is limited. Dr. Bach Rescue Remedy will also work well in this situation.