Cellulitis From An Insect Bite While At Camp
Author: Shannon A.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Word Count: 513
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 8317-OR
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My kids would always swell up after any bug bite. I am not sure whether it was a genetic trait or not. Their father had an anaphylaxis response to bee bites as a kid. Nonetheless, before essential oils, we usually had some Benadryl on hand.
A few years ago, before I really had built up my stash of oils, I had to take my youngest daughter for daily intravenous antibiotics after one mosquito bite turned into cellulitis.
Last summer, late one night while we were at Family Camp, my daughter came up to me and said her foot hurt. I assumed she probably just twisted it while goofing off with the other teenagers. She mentioned it a couple times earlier in the evening but never really said why it hurt. So I figured it really wasn't a big deal because she didn't stick around long enough for me to look.
It was after 11 pm finally and we were helping our pastor's family with the canteen. I was finally able to take a look at it. Sure enough, it was discolored and swollen just like the case of cellulitis she had a few years ago. And like before, it was from a mosquito bite we assumed.
There were two nurses available right then and there. And they advised that we take her to the ER. But it was 11 pm and at that hour, we would of waited 10 hours just to see a nurse due to the chaotic state our local emergency and the heightened levels of poverty stricken people in our area. I knew it was much too long to risk to have her wait. I took her back to the camper and looked into the first aid kit of oils that I had packed.
First of all, I washed the entire foot with warm water and soap and then I traced the discolored swelling area with a felt pen. Something I know nurses to do just to keep track of the swelling and to guage whether it is travelling further. However, when I applied the oil, it pretty much removed any sharpie marks that were on the foot, but that's another oil testimony altogether.
I then started to apply a regime of oils that included: Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Cypress, Marjoram, Lavender and Peppermint. I then wrapped it in a clean towel and went to bed. I had nothing along with me to research what I needed but from background knowledge, I figured these oils would be a good start.
Every two hours throughout the night, I applied the same regime. And the following morning when my pastor's wife and I went out for our morning walk, I noticed that swelling had completely dissipated. A light pink coloring was in it's place.
I instructed my daughter to continue the regime every few hours during the day but she did loose interest half way through the day. Fortunately the oils had done their work and she was able to resume her normal activities and socialization at camp.
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