Natural Remedy For Infected Bites And Wounds
Centipede & Bite Wound
Last spring, I moved into a new house that had been empty for quite some time. My first week there a house centipede crawled up my pajama pants and bit me multiple times and dug it’s poisonous barbed legs into the skin. The bite wound was right at the panty-line on the back of my leg. It burned like wildfire and itched. While I took care of the itch with another herbal remedy (I will discuss this in another article), I was not aware of the secondary infection that was beginning to form until it was already in full swing.
The infected puncture points swelled and itched and oozed, were painful and due to the location, hard to sit on. There really is nothing to do against poison or infection aside from anti-biotics and even that is not a sure bet. I do not take pharmaceutical anti-biotics so that was not even a solution to consider although at that point, I was feeling rather desparate.
In comes the natural remedy I am going to introduce, one that is good for nearly all insect bite infections, bite infections, wounds, sores and even gangrene. It is simple, it is cheap, and it is very effective. My highly infected multi-bite wound was eradicated in just a few days. Had I noticed the infection when it started, I might have avoided it all together. I already had a ready supply of my remedy in my first-aid kit. It was in capsule form. It is activated charcoal.
Activated charcoal is used in a variety of medical situations such as absorbing the poisons from the stomach in overdoses, for breaking up intestinal gasses as a digestive aid and so on. For my particular case, it is a bite. I broke open the capsule, put it into a clean spoon, added several drops of water until it was a paste, and then applied the paste to a clean gauze and taped it to my wound. The water evaporated out of it quickly or was absorbed into the gauze material, and the charcoal then began its work of pulling the poison. The nifty thing about activated charcoal is that a quarter cup of it can absorb a football field worth of moisture. The molecules are porous and highly absorbant. I could argue that using volcanic clay might do the same job, but I haven’t tried it yet. I’ll wait for the next bite and tell you all how it works. For now though, let us focus on the wound. It was very interesting that the pus was drawn out and also away from the wound into a large surface pocket on the first day, which I lanced. I applied another bandage with charcoal and that was the end of the infection, the end of the bite. No hospital visit, no further infection. The bite was entirely dried out and it was healed. Had I reversed the bandage and made it wet, and covered it with some plastic wrap, I could have possibly avoided the temporary tattooing effect of the charcoal. That is entirely aesthetic.
This remedy is particularly effective with brown recluse bites. The brown recluse has necrotizing toxins, or poisons that eat the skin from the inside out. The poison accumulates in a pocket, then bursts beneath the skin. I would venture that if it works on gangrene to draw the poisons out, it may well work for MSRA or bacterial staph infection. I do have a possible solution for that ailment as well, but I would use it in combination with the activated charcoal because it is an herbal anti-biotic mixture. You can use this remedy for fresh bites, such as bees or wasps, ants (great idea!), and even snake bites. I do recommend the Emergency Room for a snake bite though. Use common sense when it comes to your own treatment.
As with any wound or infection, you try natural remedies at your own risk. If the infection is too far gone, you might opt for the hospital instead. I, however, will not unless my gut says I need more help than nature can offer. This remedy is primarily for first-stage infections. I’d say mine was a little more severe than that.
It is definitely an effective remedy for poison. Scientific experiments over many years attest to the effectiveness of charcoal as an antidote. In one experiment, one hundred times the lethal dose of cobra venom was mixed with charcoal and injected into a laboratory animal. The animal was not harmed . In other experiments, arsenic and strychnine were mixed with charcoal and ingested by humans under laboratory conditions. This was back in the 1800's, when human experimentation wasn't so regulated. The subjects survived even though the poison dosages were five to ten times the lethal dose. I do not recommend you ever try this. However, it is a good example of effectiveness.
There are many, many other uses for activated charcoal when used internally and I will have to touch on that in another article.
Total cost of insect bite cure: $10 for bottle of 100 capsules. I used maybe ten capsules in all, so about a dollar. Maybe two because of the bandages.
Total cost of ER visit I was contemplating: $175 plus $30 for antibiotics. Maybe more.
Activated Charcoal Products
Activated Charcoal in Capsule Form
Activated Charcoal in Powder Form (I recommend for easier, less messy use)
I found this soap while finding your charcoal and thought it was really cool. I want some! :)