Home Remedies for Wasp Stings


Home Remedies for Wasp Stings

Accidentally disturb a wasp while enjoying the great outdoors and you’ll increase your chances of receiving a sharp reminder why it’s not nice to cross paths with an angry insect. Getting stung is no picnic, especially if you’re allergic. With more than 25,000 species of wasps existing in the world today, it’s in your best interest to become familiar with home remedies for wasp stings.


Wasps belong to the order Hymenoptera, suborder Apocrita, which represents yellow jackets, bees, hornets, and even ants. They dwell in all 50 states (US). Some of the most common wasps are the yellow jacket and hornet, which live in groups, colonies, and in temperate climates. But, not all wasps live in groups. There are solitary species, like the mud wasp, which builds a nest in the crevices of windows and paralyzes smaller insects they bring back to their nest.

Hornets are usually black with some yellow marking found on the head and thorax. They use trees, bushes and buildings for the construction of their paper-like homes. Yellow jackets display black and yellow stripes on the abdomen. They choose to live underground in nests built during the springtime [1]. Especially beware of the yellow jacket, which is known to aggressively attack.


Wasps typically sting people and animals when they feel threatened or their nest (or territory) is disturbed. During the months that provide mild or warm temperatures, the risk of being stung by a wasp increases. The disturbance of a nest is greater at this time, as you clean up your yard, rake the leaves, trim bushes, and clean windows. Disrupting a hidden nest can lead to multiple wasp stings as the insects attempt to defend their territory. Other risk factors for wasp stings include:

• Wearing perfume, hairspray, soaps, deodorants, and sunscreen with a scent
• Bright colors, especially floral designs
• Rotting fruit from trees
• Open garbage pails
• Isolated settings, like partially closed wooden sheds

If stung, mild irritation and pain usually set in. Swelling, redness, itching, a local infection, and skin hives are also common responses to a wasp sting. However, extreme reactions indicate an allergy. It is important to monitor your symptoms. Sadly, wasp stings are responsible for 90 to 100 deaths per year.


Treating a wasp sting at home is an easy task with plenty of remedies found in your kitchen cabinet, medicine chest and refrigerator. However, if you experience excessive pain, nausea or vomiting after a sting, seeking medical attention is a must. When no severe reactions are present, make sure to periodically sterilize the sting site with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide after trying out one of the following home remedies for wasp stings:

a) Butter Knife:

One of the first things you must do in order to treat a wasp sting is remove the stinger. A dull butter knife can come in handy. Simply scrape it against your skin in the opposite direction that the stinger entered your skin.

b) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Use the acid found in apple cider vinegar to neutralize the venom of a wasp sting. Soak a cotton pad with the vinegar and place on the sting site until the pain fades.

c) Ice:

After removing the stinger, reduce swelling by placing two to three ice cubes in a washcloth and pressing over the sting site. Apply ice packs to the skin for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.

d) Tylenol or Aspirin:

Ease the pain of a sting by taking an over-the-counter product that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

e) Penny:

An old wives tale? It is said that the copper found in a penny has the power to counteract the sting of a wasp. Tape a penny to the skin and wait 15 minutes before removing.

f) Meat Tenderizer:

Treat a wasp sting with a paste made out of meat tenderizer and water. Make sure that the tenderizer used is unseasoned.

g) Basil:

Release the natural oils of basil by crushing a fresh leaf or two. Directly press to the sting site and hold in place for five minutes.

h) Tweezers:

Make sure to remove all remnants of a wasp stinger from your skin by using a pair of slant tip tweezers.

i) Aloe Vera Gel:

Speed up the healing process and enjoy soothing relief by applying aloe vera gel.

j) Hydrocortisone Cream:

To lessen the threat of suffering an allergic reaction, reach into your medicine cabinet for a topical hydrocortisone cream.

k) Baking Soda:

Soothe an irritated sting site by applying baking soda. Another option is to mix equal parts of baking soda and vinegar to create a paste for the skin.



l) Lemon:

The acid of lemons neutralizes the venom of wasp stings. Apply a few drops of lemon juice or hold a fresh slice of lemon over the sting site to eradicate pain.

m) Garlic:

Treat a wasp sting by crushing a fresh clove of garlic and applying to the sting site. Cover with a Band-Aid and allow the natural healing effects to take place.

n) Cucumber:

Fight the pain of a wasp sting by placing a freshly sliced piece of cucumber over the sting site and hold in place until relief comes to the rescue.

o) Potato:

Slice a potato and place the cut side of one half directly on your wasp sting. Hold the potato in place to enjoy instant pain relief.

p) Onion:

After removing the stinger, cut an onion in half and gently rub on the sting site. Within five minutes, the swelling, redness and pain should subside. The onion also contains helpful antibacterial properties.

q) Mud:

Have you ever heard that you can treat the irritation of a wasp sting by applying mud to the skin?

r) Preparation-H:

Treat the itchiness of a wasp sting with Preparation-H.

s) Olive Oil:

To increase the rate of healing and gain pain relief, rub olive oil on a wasp sting.


Greens kill cancer genes

Greens kill cancer genes.

Rosemarie Lentini, The Daily Telegraph August 04, 2012.









IT turns out that mum was right - you really should eat your greens. Numerous studies have found cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage contain cancer-fighting nutrients.

But in a further breakthrough, researchers from Oregon State University in the US have uncovered how green vegetables fight disease in a new study published in the Clinical Epigenetics journal. They found a key component of broccoli sprouts - sulforaphane - helps suppress breast cancer proliferation and growth, particularly by working through a mechanism called DNA methylation. Linus Pauling Institute associate professor Emily Ho said this process "turns off genes" and helps control what DNA material gets read as part of genetic communication within cells. This process gets mixed up in cancer sufferers. She said young sprouts contain more than 50 times the sulforaphane contained in mature broccoli.
"It appears that DNA methylation and HDAC inhibition, both of which can be influenced by sulforaphane, work in concert with each other to maintain proper cell function," she said. "They sort of work as partners and talk to each other." But it's not just green veg that can fight disease. Ginger could have the power to help manage high blood sugar levels which create complications for long-term diabetic patients, according to a University of Sydney study published this month in the Planta Medicajournal. Pharmaceutical Chemistry professor Basil Roufogalis said cells could operate independently of insulin with extracts from an Australian-grown ginger that could increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells. "It is hoped that these promising results for managing blood glucose levels can be examined further in human clinical trials," he said. Swisse dietitian Simone Austin said people should be eating up to five serves of fresh vegetables a day. "Eating more vegetables helps reduce the risk of disease in general because it prevents cells from going wrong, and that's what cancer is," she said. "Minimal cooking is best because lots of vitamins, such as Vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat." Bruce Docherty said his children Maisy, 4, and Jonah, 2, eat several serves of vegetables every day. "Maisy is fussy but if we cut it up and hide it she will eat it," Mr Docherty, from Caringbah, said. "She knows that fruit and vegetables are good for you and keep you strong. She always asks if carrots will help her see in the dark."




Home Remedy for Scabies


Home Remedy for Scabies - the Better Choice

Home Remedies for Scabies are the favourite choice for sufferers for a number of reasons. The main one being that once people look at what is in the perscribed creams, they choose the natural way. There really is no need to use the perscribed creams anyway, when there are so many home remedies for scabies available now.

Once you have scabies you need to rid yourself of the nasty little mites as quickly as possible, they spread like wildfire! They burrow into your skin and multiply. It really does not take long to become infested. They are extremely contagious, therefore it is vital to treat all family members or even friends who have been in close contact with the patient recently.

Something that is important to take note of is that a person does not have to, have any visible scabie pimples, sores, people can be silent carriers. I think it's safe to say that no-one reading this, wants the mites as pictiured on the left crawling and burrowing into their skin.

In this lens you will learn all about the scabies mite, their cycle, how to treat them, the disadvantages of the creams given by doctors and much more. See a video of the mites to get to learn more about what you have crawling around you if you have them. You will also learn how to make home remedies for scabies from the contents of your pantry and if thats not for you, then don't worry we have other options aswell.


Pregnancy cravings explained.

By Tara Mitchell


All sorts of weird and wonderful things happen to us when we're pregnant. But perhaps one of the strangest is when we are visited by the insatiable desire for a most unlikely food.

Watermelon with a dash of pepper, ice shavings straight from the freezer, or fried chicken breast dipped in chocolate. You’re probably thinking “Yuk!” – but some pregnant mums claim food combinations like these can send your taste buds into orbit.

Why do cravings occur?

If you’re pregnant and find yourself plagued by food cravings, you’re not alone. A South African study showed that up to 84% of pregnant women experience some form of food craving. So what drives a pregnant woman to crave? There are theories that cravings represent dietary deficiencies, and a craving is the body’s way of sourcing the nutrients it needs. But, it seems, few experts agree.

“There is no scientific proof to support this,” says Professor Michael Chapman, Consultant Obstetrician at St George Hospital in Kogarah, NSW. But there is evidence to suggest that cravings are driven by hormones in early pregnancy. “The rise in the hormones oestrogen, progesterone and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) – and the central effects these have on the brain – are a more likely cause,” he says.

These extreme hormone levels can have a potent impact, altering a woman’s sense of taste and smell quite dramatically. A Swedish study showed that over 76% of women had abnormal smell and taste perception in pregnancy. The women experienced increased bitter sensitivity, and decreased salt sensitivity. This might explain why pregnant women often crave certain foods and avoid others during pregnancy.

Because food cravings tend to emerge during the first trimester, they can be one of the first signs of early pregnancy. Professor Chapman’s wife experienced cravings for rice pudding during her three pregnancies. It was the only time she ever ate it. “When she was three days late with her period and came home with rice pudding from the supermarket we had an inkling she was pregnant,” he says.

Common cravings

Studies suggest pregnancy cravings tend to fall into three groups; sweet, sour or savoury. High on the must-have list for pregnant mums are: chocolate, milk, fruit, hot chips, pizza and cheese. But women have been known to crave almost anything. Bianca, 29, craved ice during her first pregnancy. “I’d crunch it all the time,” she recalls. “My husband used to joke we’d have to spend a fortune on dentist’s bills after I had the baby. Then, when they offered me ice to suck in labour, I couldn’t stomach it. It made me feel sick,” she says.

While some cravings may seem a little unusual, most don’t present a danger to mother or baby. But you do need to resist the temptation of foods that you simply shouldn’t eat during pregnancy, such as raw seafood, or soft cheeses, says Suzie Best, Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist at the Wesley Weight Management Clinic in Clayfield, Brisbane.

Some cravings lead women to want curious combinations you’d never think of eating normally. Angela craved watermelon and pineapple, but only if it was liberally sprinkled with pepper. Sarah-Jane craved tartare sauce and added it to everything, from pasta, through peanut butter sandwiches, to chocolate cake. Tasha craved cheese and balsamic vinegar.

While these cravings might seem odd, others could best be described as bizarre or even frightening. Pregnant women have been known to crave dirt, laundry powder or cigarette butts. These cravings (known as pica) for non-food items are rare and can be dangerous. If you do fi nd yourself craving non-food items, consult your doctor, advises Professor Chapman.

Pregnancy cravings can change from week to week and from pregnancy to pregnancy. There is also no known genetic link to cravings, says Professor Chapman. When Georgia, 30, was pregnant with her first child she had no cravings at all. With her second pregnancy she craved Lebanese cucumbers. “I’d eat them morning, noon and night – I just couldn’t get enough of them.” When she was pregnant with baby number three, she developed an addiction to Magnum ice-creams!

Georgia also admits to the classic scenario of sending her husband to the shop in the middle of the night. “I’d wake up with this overpowering craving and wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep.” At five months, Sally craves chocolate and honey. Once she eats a small amount of it, the urge passes. If she denies herself, the craving becomes overpowering and she eventually gives in.

The end result is that she overeats the food she craves. So if you’re munching on celery sticks and dreaming about chocolate ice-cream, it’s OK to indulge yourself just a little, says Suzie. Eating a small portion of the food you crave is often enough to satisfy your urge. “Allow yourself a handful of potato chips, instead of the whole carton,” she says.

Indulge your cravings wisely

Of course, you do need to be careful about indulging your cravings. Cravings can be harmful if they replace good nutrition. If you fill up on the foods you crave, you may be denying your body the nutritious foods you and your baby need. Pregnant women need to eat a balanced diet, selected from all the food groups, to obtain an adequate intake of all the nutrients, particularly protein, calcium, folate and iron.

Some mums do crave nutritious food. Strawberries, oranges, cheeses, fish and milk are common healthy food cravings. But also high on the popularity stakes for pregnant women are foods that are laden with empty kilojoules. “Aim to eat foods that are nutrientdense,” says Suzie Best. “They may not have fewer kilojoules, but they have more nutrients.

If you’re craving hot chips, try some salty popcorn. If it’s a sugar hit your body is craving, eat a piece of dried fruit instead of an ice-cream.” Try to distinguish between real hunger and psychological hunger, suggests Suzie. “Pregnancy is a big change in your life. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or tired, ask yourself: am I just eating to make myself feel better?”

Often, all you need is a distraction to take your mind off the craving. When cravings strike, do something physical you enjoy. Go for a walk after dinner, or do some stretches. Treat yourself to a non-food reward if you feel you need a boost. Relax with a soak in the tub, read a book, or phone a friend.


Living with Shingles


Living with Shingles


by Mary-Ellen Siegel and Gray Williams


If I come down with shingles, what kinds of symptoms can I expect?
There are two main symptoms. One is a patchy rash of small bumps that turn into blisters. The other is burning or stabbing pain in the area of the rash. It may begin before the rash appears, and may persist after the rash has healed.

Is it true that shingles only turns up on certain parts of the body?
Shingles can occur just about anywhere on the body. But, it occurs most frequently on the trunk, especially near the waist (the name shingles comes from a word meaning "belt"). The second most common location is the face, especially the region of the forehead, eye, and nose.

How do I know if I have shingles?
About the only way you or your doctor can be sure you have shingles is to identify the rash when it appears. Symptoms that occur before that are often too vague or too easily mistaken for something else to make diagnosis certain.
However, you might consult your doctor if you experience a couple of telltale signs of the disease, other than rash. The main one is tingling, itching, or pain in a limited area on one side of your body or face. The pain also tends to be distinctive: sharp, stabbing or burning, and relieved somewhat by rest. And, of course, if you see any signs of rash, you should get in touch with your doctor immediately.

How long can I expect the shingles rash to last?
The rash usually lasts about a week to ten days from the time it first appears to the time that most of its scabs are crusted over. Complete healing may take a week or two longer.

Will the pain go away when the rash disappears?
Episodes of pain are likely to occur for another couple of weeks after the skin is healed. The normal duration of shingles is up to five weeks. If the pain persists or come back after that, it is described as post-herpetic neuralgia.

What are my chances of recovering completely from shingles?
Most people do recover completely, without any complications. Those seriously affected may suffer persistent pain‹what¹s called post-herpetic neuralgia. Other possible complications are less common.

My wife had a terrible case of shingles last year. Is it at all likely that she'll get it again?
It is uncommon for anyone to have shingles more than once. The overall risk is about one in twenty, but most of those are people with extremely weak immune systems, as the result of other disease, medical treatment , or advanced old age.

When my husband had shingles, I discouraged my eighty-nine-year-old mother from visiting us, for fear she might catch it. Was I wrong to be concerned?
When you have shingles, you can't give shingles to anyone else. You can give chickenpox to someone who hasn't already had it, but the chances are that your mother has already had chickenpox.

What drugs can I take to relieve the pain of shingles?
There are essentially four types of painkillers used to make shingles pain more tolerable:

  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs for short).
  • Acetominophen, of which the best known form is Tylenol.
  • Narcotics, also known as opioids.
  • Corticosteroids, sometimes called simply steroids.

When my aunt had shingles, her doctor suggested that she crush some aspirin tablets into powder, mix it with rubbing alcohol, and dab it on the rash. It really seemed to help. Is this a common remedy?
Nobody has made a commercial formulation of crushed aspirin and evaporating fluid, but a number of clinical experiments have found that it relieves shingles pain at least temporarily as the fluid dries.

When my neighbor had shingles, she started doing some exercises to reduce psychological stress. What has shingles got to do with stress?
Pain of many kinds can be triggered or intensified by psychological stress. Conversely, the reduction of stress can actually relieve the perception of pain. Stress-reducing techniques can powerfully reinforce the effects of drugs and other medical agents in relieving shingles pain.

When the pain of shingles on my chest kept me from sleeping, my doctor recommended wrapping the area with an elastic sports bandage. It really did help--but how did it work?
What your doctor recommended was a simple application of a natural process of pain relief called counterirritation. The mildly irritating sensations produced by the pressure of the elastic bandage are transmitted to the central nervous system, where they trigger reactions that diminish the perception of pain. Another form of counterirritation that sometimes helps ;with shingles is a liniment such as oil of wintergreen, which initially makes the skin tingle.

From Living With Shingles, by Mary-Ellen Siegel and Gray Williams. Copyright ©1998 by Mary-Ellen Siegel and Gray Williams click here.

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