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Cellulitis From An Insect Bite While At Camp

Author: Shannon A.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 02-23-2013
Views: 12,519
Word Count: 502
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 8317-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 5

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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, we assumed it was from a mosquito bite.

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. It's something I know nurses to do just to keep track of the swelling and to gauge 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 testimonial 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 lose 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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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: cellulitis — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
2.Associated topics: swelling-/-swollen-/-puffy — "[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: cellulitis — "Lavender essential oil displays the stronger antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris, and Escherichia coli."Link
4.Associated topics: bugs-/-insects,bite-/-sting — "Thujaplicin, a minor component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki], showed rather strong antifungal activity against seven kinds of plant-pathogenic fungi.... Thujaplicin and hinokitiol (the major component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki]) also showed clear antibacterial activity against Legionella pneumophila SG 1 and L. pneumophila SG 3 [Legionnaires disease, pneumonia].... This compound showed strong insecticidal activity against Reticulitermes speratus [termites], and it also had clear acaricidal [ticks, mites] activity against Dermatophagoides farinae [house dust mites].... [T]he strong cytotoxic effect of Thujaplicin on murine P388 lymphocytic leukemia cell line [CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia] should be emphasized...."Link
5.Associated topics: bite-/-sting — "Topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris.... Tea tree oil has broad-spectrum antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity in vitro. These properties have formed the basis of its use in the treatment of a range of superficial dermatoses such as cuts, insect bites, boils, and dermatophytosis [ringworm]."Link

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