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Caught Swimmer's Itch In Larvae-Infested Lake

Author: Michelle R L.
Date: 05-07-2014
Views: 8,379
Word Count: 122
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 9679-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 1

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My goddaughter came to visit me after a day spent in the water at a local lake. This lake is known for having "water itch" (a.k.a. swimmer's itch, lake itch, cercarial dermatitis, or schistosomal dermatitis) that is caused by an allergic reaction to the larvae of certain parasites. You basically get itchy bumps all over that are similar in size to mosquito bites.

I put Lavender oil on a cotton ball and dabbed it on all of my goddaughter's bumps. She said it burned a little at first, but the itching was gone in seconds. Not only did Lavender help alleviate the itching, but it seemed to dry up the bumps as well.

I have also used Lavender on mosquito bites with similar results.

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Supporting Scientific Study
parasites-/-worms - "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link

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