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Blister From Brown Recluse Spider Bite


Author: Fain Z.
Date: 10-13-2005
Views: 9,311
Word Count: 453
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 1023-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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On a Sunday afternoon, I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on the outside of my right thumb while setting up some sprinklers for the yard. I didn't actually see the spider but felt a small sting. Since fire ants are so numerous around here, I did not think much about it. Later that afternoon, I discovered a small white knot in the area which felt like a splinter and itched. By evening, there was a blister forming. At this point I applied Lavender oil, good for most skin problems.

By next morning, the blister was quite large - about the size of a quarter - wrapping half way around the thumb, top and bottom. I realized it must be a bite of some kind to which I was allergic, so I applied Purification oil and did an allergy tap. By now, the area was quite red around the edges and the blister was thickening. Checking the Internet for pictures, descriptions and treatment of brown recluse spider bites revealed numerous similarities. Since this spider is common in the area, I finally knew what I was dealing with.

Tuesday, I contacted fellow oilers for further advice on which oils or procedures to use. One had recently seen a note suggesting Majoram in walnut oil, which I did not have on hand, so I drove over to pick up some. While there, they said I also probably needed a tolerance tap, using some of the fluid from the blister. We proceeded with this tap. Advice was also to alternate the Majoram with Melrose oil, good for infection. Kinesiology demonstrated that I needed a liver cleanse as well, so we put together a combination of JuvaFlex, Juva Cleanse & Goldenrod, which I applied to a cotton square along with hydrogen peroixide for 40 minutes over the liver that night. I also began alternating Helichrysum oil, good for tissue regeneration, with the other oils.

Each day, the area showed improvement, although still puffy with fluid and red in some areas around the bottom rim of the blister. By Sunday, the skin was drying and the fluid almost gone.

On Tuesday, the old skin began to peel, eventually peeling off two layers deep of skin and leaving pink, healthy skin underneath. By the end of the second week, the affected area was barely discernable.

This type of bite typically leaves a huge cavern of raw tissue in which severe infection is the biggest danger. It normally takes months to heal and leaves a permanent scar. Conventional medicine treats these bites with pain killers, a variety of antibiotics and wound dressings. Using only allergy and tolerance taps, liver cleanse and several potent essential oils resulted in a speedy recovery.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: inflammation — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
2.Associated topics: inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
3.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
4.Associated topics: inflammation — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
5.Associated topics: inflammation — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
6.Associated topics: inflammation — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
7.Associated topics: inflammation — "Phytogenic compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are currently discussed as promising complementary agents in prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our study aimed to evaluate possible protective and curative effects of broccoli extract (BE) and of the essential oils of turmeric (Cuo), thyme (To), and rosemary (Ro) in a rat model with a mild dextran sulphate sodium- (DSS-) induced colitis.... We conclude that the phytogenic additives tested have a promising anti-inflammatory potential in vivo and a particular role in the prevention of IBD."Link
8.Associated topics: inflammation — "Demodex blepharitis is a common but overlooked external eye disease. The pathogenesis of Demodex blepharitis in eliciting ocular surface inflammation has been further clarified. The modified eyelash sampling and counting method makes it easier and more accurate to diagnose Demodex infestation. Tea tree oil shows promising potential to treat Demodex blepharitis by reducing Demodex counts with additional antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory actions."Link

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