"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Friday

Pests in a far away place...

What can you use for pests when you don't have your well stocked supply of herbs at hand??

I've been away from home (far, far away), and sadly had to leave behind most all of my herbs (and books!).  The children I've been working with are mostly poor, and have been dealing with things that are a none issue were I'm from:  lice, bedbugs, scabies, and even "no see 'ems". 

We do not have access to a good source of herbs. (Once some were bought at a local store, and smelled of rat poison!) And since the mail isn't reliable, I've had to see how they adapt around here. (Instead of immediately making an order from Bulk Herb Store!)

So what do they do here? 

 (Since they have been blessed with an abundant supply of coconut oil, it's made things much easier! Plus we have a few bottles of essential oil, and a few teas...)
  •  lice: Coconut oil, tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil. They comb and pick out the bugs and eggs, then cover scalp with oil for 24 hours. Later, a spray of apple cider vinegar (can include one of the essential oils, or just use water and essential oil if the vinegar is hard to get) can be sprayed on all the hair to help discourage more intruders, or to dissolve the glue like substance that keeps them stuck to the hair. (last Autumn I found out a few things about lice...)
  • scabies: in addition to medicine from the doctor, chamomile tea (cooled to a nice warm temperature) applied topically is soothing and healing. (Nourishing Simplicity has a post about chamomiles close cousin, pineapple weed, which grows like...well, like a weed!)
  • bug-bugs: this one is supposed to be hard. We are doing our best to get some Diatomaceous Earth to sprinkle on the floor of the room, in the corners and cracks, and to treat the mattress.
  • We've used coconut oil with a few drops of lavender essential oil to sooth bugs bites (from possible bed-bugs, mosquitoes, and no-see-ems). 
But all that said, oh how I long for some plantain and tansy!

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