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Insect Bite, Probably A Black Widow Spider


Author: Susan D.
Date: 12-16-2007
Views: 2,596
Word Count: 509
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 2602-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I was cleaning in a laundry room that hadn't been cleaned for a few months. I saw not one insect, but about a half hour later, noticed my left middle finger was smarting. I looked at it, and immediately got alarmed--on the second joint was a tiny red mark, and above that it was starting to turn black, and was numb from the bite mark to the tip!

I ran to the bedroom, got out the bag of oils. I had run out of the Thieves oil blend, but had several others. I knew this bite was bad, because already the black part, which started out less than dime size, was spreading to the tip of my finger.

It was starting to go around to the front--and I had little feeling in that area. I started praying and putting on oils. I claimed the promise that if anything poisonous bites you, it won't harm you.

I applied (don't know what order) Oregano, the Purification oil blend, Frankincense, Peppermint, Marjoram, Wintergreen and what I could wipe off the top of the Thieves bottle. That was all I had.

I tried to wait a bit in between each application, but at the same time was watching the black spreading! So I'm sure it was only about 30 seconds between applications. There was little if any change in pain, numbing, or the black area.

Then I knew I had to let the oils, and the prayers, have time to work! So I waited 15 minutes and did it again. The black was still spreading. Pain was slightly less.

After the 3rd application (15 minute wait again), the spreading black seemed to have stopped. It was now past the first joint and had worked around my finger towards the front, and it was quite dark. Pain was about gone. Numbness was gone.

After the 4th application, the black stopped spreading. Then I waited a couple hours and did it again, and kept repeating this as long as I was awake. I put on a final series just before I went to sleep.

In the morning, it looked only a little better. The dark was lighter--redder. More applications throughout the day, more praying.

It was the 2nd day before there was any shrinking of the black area, but it was lighter. The black kept getting lighter and by the 4th day was gone.

I have had bad bites before, and they have always gone away after just a few applications at most. Sometimes even with the first application. My daughter had a brown recluse bite several days old that went away after 3 applications of nothing but Lavender and Oregano.

This signified to me that whatever bit me was very poisonous and dangerous, and I was really concerned that it took so long before there was any significant change. If anyone can identify what bit me by those symptoms given above, I would be very interested to know.

So glad I didn't have to go to a doctor, but counted on the Great Physician and His plants. There were no residual problems.


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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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