Bitten By The Bug
A good night’s sleep might become next to impossible if one is constantly being bitten by
Bed bugs have been a problem for many centuries dating as far back as medieval times
and classical Greek, as these have been documented in various writings. Sleeping on an
infested bed is one thing but being bitten is another. While a bed bug bite is painless and
has an extremely low chance of transmitting diseases, people with such problems are
mostly ashamed about their dilemma
Many believe that a bedbug infestation is detrimental to a relationship and can cause
psychological strain. Outside of mental anguish, bed bugs can cause physical harm. The
question now is how do you treat bed bugs and their bites.
Just bite it
Bed bug bites initially appear as large read wheals that eventually become a red mark.
The mark can last for as lost as five days. The mark is also made in orderly way unlike
the random pattern of mosquito bites.
Characteristics of bed bug bites
- Irritation, inflammation and destruction of the local tissue
- Allergic reactions that can happen immediately or delayed
- Orderly pattern of marks
Bed bugs bites cannot transmit harmful diseases and their medical significance is only
limited to itching and inflammation. The immediate treatment for the affected part is by
washing it with soap and water. Scratching is strongly advised, as this will surely lead to
infection and possibly require more advanced medical aid. Treating the area with ice or
possibly special herbs is also recommended, as these will help speed up the healing
Where’s the Herb
Herbal treatments are primarily used to control infections, stop itching or pain. In
addition, these are used to improve symptoms, correct imbalance, boost the immune
system, and increase energy. The body needs to be strengthened for better health and
quality of life.
Chinese herbs are advantageous because they can be used in combo with other herbs
depending on the status of the bed bug bite. Herbal treatments used with optimized herbal
combination are highly effective to treat the illness and address the symptoms. Below are
some herbs that can be used to treat bed bug bites.
Plantain- also known as the band-aid plant, ribwort and pig’s ear. This herb is a common
weed of parks, driveways and playgrounds. The five parallel veins that run on each leaf
distinguish this herb from others. A broad leaf plantain can has a tall seed head and long
thin leaves, while a narrow leaf plantain has a small flower head that looks similar to
flying saucer and long thin leaves. A considerable number of Plantago species have
leaves and seeds that used food or treatment for bed bug bites
Mud- this is the simplest and oldest poultice. A bed bug bite can be treated with
powdered white clay that should be mixed herb tea. Clay can be stores anytime and will
not likely contain fungal spores. Bed bug or other insect bites that cause severe itching or
pain should be administered with bland starchy substances such as arrowroot powder,
graded potato and mallow root or finely ground grains such as oatmeal or rice
Fresh-herb poultices- these are slightly more complicated to prepare that other herbs. A
person must first chew it then apply the substance to the bed bug bite. For maximum
effect, the poultice can be placed in an adhesive bandage or large leaf to keep it in place.
Some examples of the poultice include:
- wild geranium (Geranium maculatum
- comfrey (Symphytum uplandica x
- yellow dock (Rumex species)
- wild mallow (Malva neglecta)
- chickweed (Stellaria media)
The best herbal leaves are those that come from willow, maple, oak or hazel. The herbs
need to be recognized properly before they are chewed. The most recognizable and safest
to chew of all herbs are oak and Maple. Leaves that are either slick or shiny should be
avoided if one is uncertain about what herb should be used for the treatment. If the leaf is
extremely bitter upon chewing it is advisable to spit it out immediately.