In a previous discussion about itching bug bites, I mentioned that I had created a salve that I was trying out for bug bites.
I gave it to several people to try and have had good reports from all. Takes the sting and itch out of the bite within a minute. Reduces swelling and inflammation. Works on mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies and spiders. No reports back on wasp or bee stings.
I've had two spider bites within the past couple of weeks and the salve has dramatically reduced the swelling, inflammation and itch. I have a pretty strong reaction to spider bites; welts and hot, red, angry patches surrounding the welts. Painful as well as itchy. Lasts for days and when it starts to dissipate there is usually a bruise that forms at the site of the bite. The salve has taken care of all of it, so I'm pretty impressed.
I've called it Itchy-Bitsy Salve because it will work on small wounds and rashes as well as the bites. It could even be used as a lip balm. I made a stick (in lip balm tubes), as well as the salve, for easier application.
Recipe for Itchy-Bitsy Salve:
1 part cottonwood bud oil (Populus species)
1 part chickweed oil (Stellaria media)
1 part plantain oil (Plantago major or P. lanceolate)
Combine all oils, heat with beeswax in the proportion of 1 oz beeswax to 8 oz oil for a salve or 1 oz beeswax to 4 oz oil for a firmer product to make a stick. (so that would be 2 2/3 oz of each oil to make 8 oz)
If you are considering making this salve, please share your results.
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