Natural cures for scorpion stings

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Natural cures for scorpion bite

You probably know that scorpion stings are painful, but there are rare cases where they can become life-threatening. People who have the highest risk of getting scorpion stings are young children and very old people. India, the Middle East, North Africa, South America, and parts of Mexico are having problems with scorpion stings, and in these parts, this is treated as a significant public health problem. In the United States of America, the only scorpion species which has venom potent enough to cause severe problems is the bark scorpion, and it is mainly found in the Desert Southwest. In the most cases, scorpion stings only cause localized signs and symptoms, such as warmth and pain at the site of the sting. There are some cases when these symptoms can be quite intense even if you do not notice swelling or redness. People who are camping or hiking are having increased chances of getting scorpion sting. If you travel to certain parts of the world where more dangerous scorpions live, then you could bring them home with you because scorpions can hide in shipping containers, luggage, or clothing. You need to talk with your doctor if you have been bitten by scorpion because we do not guarantee you that these home remedies will help you for sure.

Home remedies for scorpion stings

Frankincense essential oil: This home remedy has a soothing effect and it can help you to get a relief from the burning sensation caused by the scorpion sting. It is lipophilic, which means that it gets absorbed into the skin, and it passes easily through the cell membrane to start working at a molecular level and hasten the healing process. There are no known side effects from frankincense essential oil, and it is very safe to use. You should apply a few drops of undiluted form of the frankincense essential oil on the sting area, allow it to sit for a couple of hours, and repeat this natural treatment if required.

Ice packs: Ice packs are usually recommended for superficial wounds that are associated with bleeding in order to decrease the amount of blood loss. Therefore, this feature can also be beneficial in scorpion sting wounds as well. Ice packs also reduce the temperature in the area, causing a temporary numbness which will give you a relief from the pain. You should take a few ice cubes from the fridge, bundle it up in a polythene bag, and apply the bag on the sting area. You should repeat this process if required.

Turmeric and sesame oil: Turmeric is known to have amazing antibiotic properties [1], which can help in healing the scorpion sting rapidly. Turmeric has curcuminoids like curcumin, along with bisdedmethoxycurmin and dementhoxycurcumin, that can remove all the toxins as well as help to speed the healing process. When sesame and turmeric oil are used together, they are considered one of the best home combinations for scorpion stings. Turmeric is an excellent natural antibiotic, and is recommended for many skin afflictions, and it is also free of adverse side effects. You should mix two teaspoons of pure turmeric powder with one teaspoon of sesame oil, and apply this paste on the sting area. You should let it stay there for a couple of hours, and you may repeat this natural treatment if the swelling and pain persist.

Natural cures for scorpion bite

Natural cures for scorpion stings

Papaya: You can use extract of papaya leaves on your sting area. This extract can help to break down the proteins in the scorpion venom naturally [2].

Raw tamarind: This is one of the best home remedies for scorpion sting. The tamarind juice has a detoxifying properties, and it can help to neutralize the poisonous effect of scorpion sting due to the tartaric acid which can help to neutralize the effect of the sting. The raw tamarind doesn’t have any side effects. It is used as an ingredient in the Indian cuisine. You should take two fingers of raw tamarind, and crush it to extract the juice, and then apply the extract on the sting area. You should let it stay there for an hour or so, and if required, you may repeat it.

Radish poultice: Radish poultice is recommended for different aches and pains. Also, it is very effective in neutralizing the toxins in the sting as well as help to reduce the inflammation. Radish has glucosinolates which, along with isothiocynates and phenolics, can hasten the healing process [3, 4]. Radish poultice is one of the best home remedies you can use for scorpion stings. You should take one to two fresh radishes, wash them, peel them and then crush them to make paste. You should apply this paste on the sting area. You need to cover it with a soft bandage. You should let it stay there for a few hours, and repeat if needed.

Mint leaf juice: This is a very effective home remedy in reducing the swelling caused by scorpion sting because of its anti-inflammatory properties [5]. Menthone and menthol are components found in mint leaf juice, and they can help with the healing process. It is known that this is one of the best natural cures for scorpion stings. It is free of side effects, and it has been recommended as a natural treatment for many illnesses. You should take a bunch of fresh mint leaves, crush them to extract the juice. You should apply this juice on the sting areas, let it stay there for one to two hours, and repeat if required.

Basil leaves (Tulsi): Basil has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties [6, 7]. When you are applying basil leaf juice, mix it with a pinch of salt, then it can remove the toxic effect as well as reduce the swelling. Basil leaves have a component known as rosmarinic acid which is a phenolic acid that hastens the process. Basil doesn’t have side effects, and it doesn’t cause any allergies, which means it is safe to be used. You should take a bunch of fresh basil leaves, crush them to make a paste, and apply this paste on the sting area. You should let it stay there for a couple of hours, and repeat the treatment if required.

Baking soda: You should make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply this home remedy to non-poisonous scorpion stings because it can help to draw out the venom.

Clay: You can make a paste of water and clay, and then apply it to the site of scorpion sting. It is a very effective home remedy for scorpion stings.

Asafetida powder: This is a spice widely used in Asian, and especially Indian, cuisine. It has anti-inflammatory properties given that it can inhibit peroxidation [8], and this helps the body by giving a soothing effect to the painful scorpion sting. It does not have side effects, and it is part of several cultures in Europe and Asia. You should mix one teaspoon of pure Asafetida powder in some warm water, and make a paste from these ingredients. You should apply this paste on the sting area, let it stay there for a couple of hours, and repeat this process if your pain persists.

Calendula salve: Calendula is a very effective home remedy for scorpion stings, and you can make a calendula salve by adding five drops of calendula tincture to a ½ cup of coconut oil, and then mix it. You should apply this ointment on the site of the scorpion sting.

Garlic: You can use garlic paste, and apply it over the affected area since it can give you a relief from symptoms, and it can help in the healing process. You can mash up whole cloves of fresh garlic, or grind them in a small food processor. This way, you will make a garlic paste that can be used.

Mango tree leaf: Mango leaves have excellent antibiotic properties as well as excellent antiseptic and antiviral properties which can speed up the healing process [9]. They also have anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce the swelling. It is a natural product that does not have side effects, and it is safe to use. You should crush a handful of fresh mango tree leaves, and extract the sap. You should apply the mango leaf sap on the sting area, let it stay there for an hour or so, and repeat it twice per day for a period of two to three days.

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