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Our world is growing fast with buildings replacing grazing grounds and displacing some of our wildlife as a result of that we live side by side with deer. Hitchhiking a ride upon cute little Bambis are a small seemingly insignificant insect, insignificant unless you have been bit by one carrying the bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi. Even worse than the pain of the bite is the possible aftermath; Lyme disease.
I spoke to a dear person today who is undergoing treatment for Lyme disease (Borrelia) and my heart truly went out to him as he spoke of the repercussions, pain, cost, and prognosis. The cost is unbelievable, the pain unbearable and the prognosis not hopeful (as far as being completely cured). Our conversation compelled me to come home from work and begin my research immediately. He is a young man, and regardless of one's ailment, my strong belief in a loving God leads me to the conclusion that Mother Nature has a cure for whatever ails us.Medical science too has come a long way and it is highly recommended that one seek treatment from their health provider and discuss with him or her any alternative medicines they may consider prior to undertaking another route for their care.
While he had been prescribed medicines he is considering using alternative medicine/herbs to relieve some of the symptoms. Echinacea is excellent for boosting our resistance. James A. Duke, PhD recommends it's use in his book The Green Pharmacy. Dr. Duke, the world's finest authority on healing herbs self medicated himself when he was infected with an insect bite that had swollen and appeared like a large bull's eye swelling to around 3 inches in diameter at the site by the following day.
A doctor prescribed an antibiotic and Dr. Duke coupled it with echinacea and garlic. (Garlic tested in a lab was found to eradicate 99% of the bacteria it came in contact with according to George Mateljan of World's Healthiest Foods Org.) He, Dr. Duke, also coupled it with mass doses of echinacea and garlic while ingesting juices made up of carrots and tomatoes advising that vegetables that are rich in vitamin A carotenoids are very beneficial in the fight against infection.
Avoid ticks if possible.
A natural insect repellent can be created by crushing mountain mint and rubbing it well on your clothing and skin (unless pregnant). Avoid walking through tall grass especially May through July. Tuck your shirt into your pants and pants into sock so that the tick cannot easily crawl under the clothes.Wear boots and gloves to discourage them from latching onto you, and wear light colored clothing so you can easily spot the intruder. Thoroughly check your body over to be certain none are hiding anywhere. If you do spot one grasp the tick with a pair of tweezers and close to the mouth as possible; pull straight back with slow steady force. Do not crush it. Crushing it causes it to inject bacteria into it's victim!! Place the tick into a tightly sealed container so that you can take it with you to the doctor's office if you get any symptoms within the next 30 days. Wash the bite with warm and soapy water. (this comes from The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Seniors by Doug Dollemore and the Editors of Prevention.
More tips for tick removal:
These were offered in Home Remedies from the Country Doctor by Jan Heinrichs, Dorothy Behlen Henrichs and the Editors of the Yankee magazine:
Other herbs rich in compounds effective in the treatment of bacteria are listed in order of potency:
The disease can lead to a multitude of severe complications: