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I’m not a doctor, but these cures have worked for me

COVID-19 Shelter In Place Day Thirty-eight

The other day, I was bitten on the foot by a spider.

At least, I’m pretty sure it was a spider and not an ant by the swelling.

I’ve had many ant bites and spider bites over the years and I’ve learned how to deal with them myself.

I’m not a doctor, herbalist or naturalpath.

I’m just someone who is pretty darn good at finding things on the Internet and who doesn’t like going to the doctor.

Could be because for years, I didn’t have insurance or the money to go to the doctor. Or it could be that I was sick as a child and I now prescribe to the “ostrich” outlook for health care (head in the sand – also known as “what I don’t know won’t hurt me” approach to medical care).

I know this isn’t a very smart way to manage one’s health, but still I do it.

Don’t get me wrong, if I had a broken arm, I want a doctor.

But for rashes, bug bites, etc. I’ll take care of it myself.

How? Well, let me share some natural remedies that I’ve used over the years.

If you’re bitten by an ant, especially fire ants, scratch the little white blister open and rub dill pickle juice on it. You can use vinegar but pickle juice works well and most folks have that in their fridge. It really helps dry up the poison.

If you’re bitten by a spider, I concoct a paste of water, baking soda, minced garlic, colloidal silver and echinacea. If the bite is on your foot, like mine was this week, then I soak my foot in a bowl full of this, making sure to get that paste all over the swollen area.

Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly where you were bitten. For example, two of my middle toes, and the bottom and top of my foot swelled so much it was like walking on a balloon. I soaked my foot for a few hours, getting that paste all over the top and bottom of my foot. The swelling started going down right away and by the next morning, it was gone.

Just a note, I didn’t have colloidal silver or echinacea so I just used water, baking soda and garlic.

Again, I’m not a doctor and spider bites can be really bad, so see a doctor if you need to.

Another wonderful product is coconut oil. This baby kills fungal issues.

Once I had a rash on my back. I went to the doctor and he said it was fungal. He prescribed some medicine and told me to be very careful and only get it on the rash because it would eat away my healthy skin.

I didn’t like the sound of that, but did use it for a few days.

I saw no change.

So, I googled “natural cures for fungal rash” and found coconut oil.

I slathered that on my rash and it was lighter the next day and gone within three days.

Are these “cures” tried and true? Probably not but they’ve worked for me in the past and I’ll keep using them. Whenever I can, I go the natural route and Google is such a help in finding things to try.

Have you had any luck with natural cures? I’d love to hear about them.

*And I’m going to say this again, I am not a doctor and have no medical experience whatsoever. These are just things that I’ve used over the years.



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