Wednesday July 22, 2015
Spending lots of time outside in nature is one of the best parts of summer. But summertime also has lots of dangers for your skin. Good thing Hawaiian Organic Noni is here to help! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing all kinds of ways that our Noni lotions and Noni Fruit Leather can keep your skin healthy this summer.
This time, we’re discussing one of the most annoying summer skin problems: insect bites. These irritating, painful bumps go away on their own, but we’ll share how to help them heal faster, and soothe the skin in the meantime.
What Happens When You Get a Bug Bite?
Bug bites are irritating and painful not so much because of the bite or sting itself, but because of your immune system’s response to the saliva or venom they leave behind.
Mosquitoes, flies, and ticks bite so that they can drink your blood. Though we have the blood to spare, they sometimes leave behind parasites or diseases, and they always leave behind an itchy, annoying bite mark. This is because most flies and mosquitoes inject their saliva when they bite you, in order to numb you to the pain of the bite and keep your blood vessels open.
Bees, wasps, and spiders inject you with venom rather than saliva. The venom is meant to discourage predators from harming their hives, and bees on their own away from the hive will only sting if very provoked.
Whether from a sting or a bite, the venom or saliva injected into the wound causes an immune response to happen in your skin. Everyone’s immune system is different, and some people are more sensitive to certain bug bites or stings than others, but here are the basic symptoms for the most common types of bug bites.
- Fly and Mosquito Bites: Small raised bumps, which are very itchy and will turn red if you’ve been itching them. The time it takes them to go away depends on your immune system, and how you treat the bite.
- Tick Bites: You may see the body of the tick, or just a red rash that looks like a bulls eye.
- Spider Bites: There’s a wide variety of different types of bite marks. Most spider bites are harmless (and indeed, most bites people assume are spider bites are not!), but if you experience other symptoms like cramping, excessive sweating, growing pain, or if your skin starts turning dark red, see a doctor.
- Bee and Wasp Stings: While most bees and wasps (though not all) sting instead of bite, they leave very similar marks on the skin. Usually they’re a hole surrounded by a tiny bump, which may burn and itch. You’ll only need a doctor or medication if you’re severely allergic.
Most bug bites or stings will only be bothersome for a few days at the maximum, unless you are very allergic. But they can be very annoying during that time! That’s why we recommend using Noni to soothe the itching and pain.
What to Do if You Get Bitten or Stung
Mosquito bites themselves are nothing to worry about, but if you start experiencing strange symptoms soon after a bite, you could have been exposed to West Nile or another disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It’s probably a good idea to see a doctor.
Ticks are also usually harmless, but they can transmit disease. If you can get a good grip on the tick body, pull it out with tweezers as close to the skin as possible. If you lose the tick, or if its head stays in your skin, you should see a doctor. If you live in an area with risk of Lyme disease, save the tick body.
Unless you’re very dangerously allergic, getting a bite or a sting from a bee, wasp, or spider isn’t much cause for concern. Getting panicky can actually increase your pain response, so try to breathe deeply and stay calm. Put ice on the wound, and if you’re worried about allergies, try taking a fast-acting antihistamine.
Then start focusing on the healing process, which is where Noni can help you.
How to Use Noni to Heal Bug Bites
For any type of bug bite or sting, Noni can speed up the healing process and make things more bearable in the meantime.
Using Noni Lavender Lotion
Simply apply a small amount of lotion to the bite or bites, and to the surrounding itchy area. You can apply this several times a day for maximum effectiveness. The noni and lavender in this formula helps soothe the skin and reduce itching and inflammation.
Using Instant Noni Aloe BioBandage
Apply the BioBandage formula to the bug bite or bites, where it will adhere gently to the skin. While it’s on your skin, it will continue to heal and soothe. This formula contains aloe, which can cool inflammation, as well as rosemary oil, which is often used for pain relief. Noni is the best anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
Why Does Noni Help?
Noni contains beneficial compounds that can penetrate into the skin to heal at the source. It prevents infection, reduces swelling, relieves pain, and speeds healing.
In particular, the compound scopoletin, found in Noni, is being actively researched for its pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory properties. It can also act as an antibacterial agent.
Overall, Noni should leave your bites or stings feeling less itchy, less hot, and less inflamed, all of which hopefully means less scratching. Minimizing scratching helps your bumps heal faster, itch less, and reduces the risk of them scarring.
From our experience on our organic family farm, with 45 bee hives and millions of bees, we do get accidentally stung occasionally. We immediately apply the Noni Lavender Lotion to take the sting away and reduce any swelling- works great!
Bug bites and stings are rarely dangerous, but they are annoying. Keep Noni on hand to soothe you and your family’s skin this summer. Everyone will thank you for this natural, soothing remedy.