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Natural Ways to Treat ‘Nettle Sting’

Natural Ways to Treat ‘Nettle Sting’

 

Our family are currently on holiday at Center Parcs, which is situated in the middle of Elveden Forest. Surrounded by lushes trees, wild plants plus witness the beautiful wildlife.

Seeing the children enjoying wilderness and interacting with the Insects, Muntjac, Grey Squirrels, Geese and Ducks without a iPad insight is so refreshing….

 

However….whilst playing & exploring my son accidentally tripped and fell into a bush of ‘Stinging Nettles’ 🤦‍♀️

 

If anyone has experienced similar they will understand the level of pain, followed by the intense itching. They say just brushing up against the plant is enough to incur a painful rash similar to poison ivy.

 

Being on holiday I’m always prepared with various remedies for most eventualities….unfortunately not today 🥲

 

As you can see from the image below my son has been stung quite badly on his inner arm.

The first thing we foraged for was the good old fashion ‘Dock Leaf’, to try and give him some kind of natural relief because he was extremely distressed.

 

What do we know about Dock Leave?

The sap from the stem/leaf is what makes a great natural home remedy. They naturally produce an antihistamine which counteracts and soothes nettle stings. You can easily identify these large, green, oval leaves situated nearby patches of nettles. Rub them gently on the area of the sting to relieve the rash.

 

Other natural remedies if you can possibly use if available:

 

1, Avoid hot temperatures

2, Wash the area with soap and water as soon as possible to relieve the sting and remove the nettle hairs. If no water is available, clean the area with a cloth or other available material

3, Scratching, will cause further irritation in the area

4, You can apply cool compresses or ice pack (like we did) for relief.

5, Aloe Vera sap directly from a plant, plus a paste made from baking soda and water. (Baking Soda is an alkaline, which neutralises the nettle sting’s acid This is one of the most common & simplest remedies for a nettle sting)

6, Regular table Vinegar can also be used, by dabbing on the effected area. It can also act as a natural disinfectant if you’ve been scratching too much.

7, Anything you apply to the skin should be dabbed, not rubbed.

 

Unfortunately, we didn’t have any of these remedies apart from ‘Soap (natural) & Water, Dock Leave & Ice Blocks’, which gave him relief for a short while. So one of the other remedies I had heard off was ‘Toothpaste’, not necessarily natural but did do the trick, plus we had no complaints of ‘Itchy Skin’.

 

SO if you are in a similar situation as us one day, with limited NATURAL remedies to hand. I can honestly say ‘Wash the area with soap & water, Dock Leaf, Ice Pack’ for immediate relief. Then good old toothpaste to get him through the rest of day done the trick 👍

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