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Treat Brown Recluse Spider Bites Naturally at Home

Posted on 1 March, 2015 at 17:48 Comments comments ()

TREAT BROWN RECLUSE BITES WITH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL    

 In the last post- I discussed the dangers of the Brown Recluse Spider, and their sudden prevalence in Southern California… in particular Brown Recluse Spiders in Huntington Beach.  Aside from using Aunt Norma’s Go away! Spider Powder to get rid of an infestation and protect your house from the dangerous beasties, I wanted to also discuss an effective and safe “home remedy” to handle first aid and emergency treatment if, in fact, you are unlucky enough to get bitten.  Aunt Norma’s Go Away! Spider Powder can be sprinkled anywhere you don’t want spiders.  It not only repels spiders, but will kill any creepy crawly that comes into contact with it within 48 hours.  As discussed in the previous conversation on Brown Recluse Spiders, their bite can be very dangerous and requires immediate medical attention- especially in the very young and very old.  The bites are particularly dangerous because it kills the surrounding tissue and can spread indefinitely (as seen in the disgusting photo below...if you want to ruin your dinner, Google "Brown Recluse Spider Bite"...)

     I have personally known two people who have been bitten by the foreboding Brown Recluse, and they had very different experiences, based on how they first treated the bite.  My one friend, let’s call him “Mike” (mainly b/c his name is Mike, haha) encountered a brown recluse spider while at work in an old house in Southern California.  Not realizing he had been bitten, he did nothing and was confused as he began to feel ill and watched his leg swell to twice it’s normal size.  Finally- after experiencing some nausea and dizziness, he thought perhaps he was having an allergic reaction to something and went to the ER.  Long story shorter, he spent over a week in the hospital and had serious complications that left him with lifelong health issues and a really horrific scar.  They basically had to use a drug so strong to treat the effects of the bite that it ruined his thyroid and he will take thyroid medicine for the rest of his life.    



                The other friend was unpacking moving boxes in Virginia and saw the spider, was bitten, and took a photo of it and Googled it to see if he could figure out what type of spider it was.  When he realized that he had, in fact, been bitten by the dangerous Brown Recluse, he wasn’t sure what to do, until his girlfriend told him the first thing they should do was to place a poultice of charcoal on the bite.  (thank GOD for a resourceful  girlfriend!)  She intended for this to be an emergency first aid while they drove to the hospital, but they both quickly realized that the charcoal was immediately helping the bite and was bringing the swelling down.  They decided to take a “wait and see” approach, and within a few hours knew that the charcoal was absorbing the toxins and they determined to skip the ER.  Today, THIS friend has only a scar the size of a cigarette burn, and swears by the powers of charcoal!

                Now, you all know that I love a good ole’ natural home remedy…especially one that uses simple, inexpensive ingredients and has no side effects… so of course I’ve been using charcoal for years to treat everything from food poisoning to pimples.  I’m happy to say that I’ve never had to treat a Brown Recluse spider bite, but I wanted to pass this remedy on for those of you who are dealing with this pest.   First, let me tell you a little bit about charcoal and why/ how it works on toxins. 

     Charcoal has a safety record that goes back 3500 years (compare that to the 10-30 year clinical trials of today’s most popular “designer” drugs…).  The simplest concept of charcoal that comes to mind is the remains of wood burned after a campfire has gone out.  This is basically dehydrated wood, but charcoal can come from a variety of sources such as animal bones, or coal, but for medicinal purposes it comes from plant-based sources such as hardwood, bamboo, coconut, or peat.  But what is left after the fire goes out is pure carbon.  What makes the structure of charcoal unique is it's physical structure of folds and cracks the hide a tremendous surface area, which can electrostatically bind a large amount of chemicals and toxins. 
    By subjecting this raw charcoal to the "activation" of oxidizing agents such as air, steam, or oxygen, at high temperatures, the internal structure of the charcoal particle is further eroded creating an even greater surface area.  One teaspoon of activated charcoal powder has about the same surface area as a football field. This enormous surface area, along with charcoal bonding properties, allows it to "absorb" large amounts of gases, poisons, toxins, and pollutants.  Furthermore, charcoal has no knowm poisonous side effects!  This is why charcoal is an EXCELLENT topical to adsorb the venom in the brown recluse spider bite (if applied as first aid). 
    Within 24 hours of a Brown Recluse bite,  a purplish-red blister develops at the site, and extensive tissue death occurs underneath the area. This produces a very deep and angry ulceration that may extend as far as down to the bone. The condition often lasts for weeks or months, and typically leaves a deep puckered scar. That is, if amputation or  surgerydoes not become necessary.  There is no antidote and no truly effective anti-venom. The anti-venom must be administered within 24hours, and in most cases it is only after 24 hours that the person realizes they are a victim of a recluse spider. So, in hopes of physically removing all of the poison, the treatment often resorted to is that of wide surgical excision - cutting away of any flesh containing venom. But there is safe and very effective natural remedy that has been used for centuries to treat poisonous bites including those of the recluse spider.
    It has been discovered that a very effective and easy treatment for brown recluse spider bite is an activated charcoal poultice or compress. At the first suspicion of a Brown Recluse Spider bite, start applying charcoal. As with the remedy, the sooner the better. Simply sprinkle some charcoal on the wound or, if larger, on a bandage, and place on the wound and wrap or bandage tight enough for the charcoal to stay in contact with the bite area.  You can also mix the charcoal powder with enough water to make a "slurry" and then place that on the wound and cover.  Do not mix with anything oil-based as it can decrease the efficacy of the charcoal.   For the first eight hours, change the compress about every thirty minutes. On the second day, the time interval for changing the poultices or compresses can be lengthened to two hours, and then to four.  You should keep this up for at least a week, maybe longer, until you no longer see evidence of inflammation from the bite area. 


 

How to Treat a Brown Recluse Spider Bite Naturally at home

Posted on 1 March, 2015 at 17:25 Comments comments ()

TREAT BROWN RECLUSE BITES WITH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL    

 In the last post- I discussed the dangers of the Brown Recluse Spider, and their sudden prevalence in Southern California… in particular Brown Recluse Spiders in Huntington Beach.  Aside from using Aunt Norma’s Go away! Spider Powder to get rid of an infestation and protect your house from the dangerous beasties, I wanted to also discuss an effective and safe “home remedy” to handle first aid and emergency treatment if, in fact, you are unlucky enough to get bitten.  Aunt Norma’s Go Away! Spider Powder can be sprinkled anywhere you don’t want spiders.  It not only repels spiders, but will kill any creepy crawly that comes into contact with it within 48 hours.  As discussed in the previous conversation on Brown Recluse Spiders, their bite can be very dangerous and requires immediate medical attention- especially in the very young and very old.  The bites are particularly dangerous because it kills the surrounding tissue and can spread indefinitely (as seen in the disgusting photo below...if you want to ruin your dinner, Google "Brown Recluse Spider Bite"...)

     I have personally known two people who have been bitten by the foreboding Brown Recluse, and they had very different experiences, based on how they first treated the bite.  My one friend, let’s call him “Mike” (mainly b/c his name is Mike, haha) encountered a brown recluse spider while at work in an old house in Southern California.  Not realizing he had been bitten, he did nothing and was confused as he began to feel ill and watched his leg swell to twice it’s normal size.  Finally- after experiencing some nausea and dizziness, he thought perhaps he was having an allergic reaction to something and went to the ER.  Long story shorter, he spent over a week in the hospital and had serious complications that left him with lifelong health issues and a really horrific scar.  They basically had to use a drug so strong to treat the effects of the bite that it ruined his thyroid and he will take thyroid medicine for the rest of his life.    



                The other friend was unpacking moving boxes in Virginia and saw the spider, was bitten, and took a photo of it and Googled it to see if he could figure out what type of spider it was.  When he realized that he had, in fact, been bitten by the dangerous Brown Recluse, he wasn’t sure what to do, until his girlfriend told him the first thing they should do was to place a poultice of charcoal on the bite.  (thank GOD for a resourceful  girlfriend!)  She intended for this to be an emergency first aid while they drove to the hospital, but they both quickly realized that the charcoal was immediately helping the bite and was bringing the swelling down.  They decided to take a “wait and see” approach, and within a few hours knew that the charcoal was absorbing the toxins and they determined to skip the ER.  Today, THIS friend has only a scar the size of a cigarette burn, and swears by the powers of charcoal!

                Now, you all know that I love a good ole’ natural home remedy…especially one that uses simple, inexpensive ingredients and has no side effects… so of course I’ve been using charcoal for years to treat everything from food poisoning to pimples.  I’m happy to say that I’ve never had to treat a Brown Recluse spider bite, but I wanted to pass this remedy on for those of you who are dealing with this pest.   First, let me tell you a little bit about charcoal and why/ how it works on toxins. 

     Charcoal has a safety record that goes back 3500 years (compare that to the 10-30 year clinical trials of today’s most popular “designer” drugs…).  The simplest concept of charcoal that comes to mind is the remains of wood burned after a campfire has gone out.  This is basically dehydrated wood, but charcoal can come from a variety of sources such as animal bones, or coal, but for medicinal purposes it comes from plant-based sources such as hardwood, bamboo, coconut, or peat.  But what is left after the fire goes out is pure carbon.  What makes the structure of charcoal unique is it's physical structure of folds and cracks the hide a tremendous surface area, which can electrostatically bind a large amount of chemicals and toxins. 
    By subjecting this raw charcoal to the "activation" of oxidizing agents such as air, steam, or oxygen, at high temperatures, the internal structure of the charcoal particle is further eroded creating an even greater surface area.  One teaspoon of activated charcoal powder has about the same surface area as a football field. This enormous surface area, along with charcoal bonding properties, allows it to "absorb" large amounts of gases, poisons, toxins, and pollutants.  Furthermore, charcoal has no knowm poisonous side effects!  This is why charcoal is an EXCELLENT topical to adsorb the venom in the brown recluse spider bite (if applied as first aid). 
    Within 24 hours of a Brown Recluse bite,  a purplish-red blister develops at the site, and extensive tissue death occurs underneath the area. This produces a very deep and angry ulceration that may extend as far as down to the bone. The condition often lasts for weeks or months, and typically leaves a deep puckered scar. That is, if amputation or  surgerydoes not become necessary.  There is no antidote and no truly effective anti-venom. The anti-venom must be administered within 24hours, and in most cases it is only after 24 hours that the person realizes they are a victim of a recluse spider. So, in hopes of physically removing all of the poison, the treatment often resorted to is that of wide surgical excision - cutting away of any flesh containing venom. But there is safe and very effective natural remedy that has been used for centuries to treat poisonous bites including those of the recluse spider.
    It has been discovered that a very effective and easy treatment for brown recluse spider bite is an activated charcoal poultice or compress. At the first suspicion of a Brown Recluse Spider bite, start applying charcoal. As with the remedy, the sooner the better. Simply sprinkle some charcoal on the wound or, if larger, on a bandage, and place on the wound and wrap or bandage tight enough for the charcoal to stay in contact with the bite area.  You can also mix the charcoal powder with enough water to make a "slurry" and then place that on the wound and cover.  Do not mix with anything oil-based as it can decrease the efficacy of the charcoal.   For the first eight hours, change the compress about every thirty minutes. On the second day, the time interval for changing the poultices or compresses can be lengthened to two hours, and then to four.  You should keep this up for at least a week, maybe longer, until you no longer see evidence of inflammation from the bite area. 


 

How to treat Brown Recluse Spider Bites Naturally

Posted on 1 March, 2015 at 17:22 Comments comments ()

TREAT BROWN RECLUSE BITES WITH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL    

Treat Brown Recluse Spider Bites Naturally In the last post- I discussed the dangers of the Brown Recluse Spider, and their sudden prevalence in Southern California… in particular Brown Recluse Spiders in Huntington Beach.  Aside from using Aunt Norma’s Go away! Spider Powder to get rid of an infestation and protect your house from the dangerous beasties, I wanted to also discuss an effective and safe “home remedy” to handle first aid and emergency treatment if, in fact, you are unlucky enough to get bitten.  Aunt Norma’s Go Away! Spider Powder can be sprinkled anywhere you don’t want spiders.  It not only repels spiders, but will kill any creepy crawly that comes into contact with it within 48 hours.  As discussed in the previous conversation on Brown Recluse Spiders, their bite can be very dangerous and requires immediate medical attention- especially in the very young and very old.  The bites are particularly dangerous because it kills the surrounding tissue and can spread indefinitely (as seen in the disgusting photo below...if you want to ruin your dinner, Google "Brown Recluse Spider Bite"...)

Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders     I have personally known two people who have been bitten by the foreboding Brown Recluse, and they had very different experiences, based on how they first treated the bite.  My one friend, let’s call him “Mike” (mainly b/c his name is Mike, haha) encountered a brown recluse spider while at work in an old house in Southern California.  Not realizing he had been bitten, he did nothing and was confused as he began to feel ill and watched his leg swell to twice it’s normal size.  Finally- after experiencing some nausea and dizziness, he thought perhaps he was having an allergic reaction to something and went to the ER.  Long story shorter, he spent over a week in the hospital and had serious complications that left him with lifelong health issues and a really horrific scar.  They basically had to use a drug so strong to treat the effects of the bite that it ruined his thyroid and he will take thyroid medicine for the rest of his life.    


Treat Brown Recluse bite with Activated Charcoal
                The other friend was unpacking moving boxes in Virginia and saw the spider, was bitten, and took a photo of it and Googled it to see if he could figure out what type of spider it was.  When he realized that he had, in fact, been bitten by the dangerous Brown Recluse, he wasn’t sure what to do, until his girlfriend told him the first thing they should do was to place a poultice of charcoal on the bite.  (thank GOD for a resourceful  girlfriend!)  She intended for this to be an emergency first aid while they drove to the hospital, but they both quickly realized that the charcoal was immediately helping the bite and was bringing the swelling down.  They decided to take a “wait and see” approach, and within a few hours knew that the charcoal was absorbing the toxins and they determined to skip the ER.  Today, THIS friend has only a scar the size of a cigarette burn, and swears by the powers of charcoal!

                Now, you all know that I love a good ole’ natural home remedy…especially one that uses simple, inexpensive ingredients and has no side effects… so of course I’ve been using charcoal for years to treat everything from food poisoning to pimples.  I’m happy to say that I’ve never had to treat a Brown Recluse spider bite, but I wanted to pass this remedy on for those of you who are dealing with this pest.   First, let me tell you a little bit about charcoal and why/ how it works on toxins. 

     Charcoal has a safety record that goes back 3500 years (compare that to the 10-30 year clinical trials of today’s most popular “designer” drugs…).  The simplest concept of charcoal that comes to mind is the remains of wood burned after a campfire has gone out.  This is basically dehydrated wood, but charcoal can come from a variety of sources such as animal bones, or coal, but for medicinal purposes it comes from plant-based sources such as hardwood, bamboo, coconut, or peat.  But what is left after the fire goes out is pure carbon.  What makes the structure of charcoal unique is it's physical structure of folds and cracks the hide a tremendous surface area, which can electrostatically bind a large amount of chemicals and toxins. 
    By subjecting this raw charcoal to the "activation" of oxidizing agents such as air, steam, or oxygen, at high temperatures, the internal structure of the charcoal particle is further eroded creating an even greater surface area.  One teaspoon of activated charcoal powder has about the same surface area as a football field. This enormous surface area, along with charcoal bonding properties, allows it to "absorb" large amounts of gases, poisons, toxins, and pollutants.  Furthermore, charcoal has no knowm poisonous side effects!  This is why charcoal is an EXCELLENT topical to adsorb the venom in the brown recluse spider bite (if applied as first aid). 
    Within 24 hours of a Brown Recluse bite,  a purplish-red blister develops at the site, and extensive tissue death occurs underneath the area. This produces a very deep and angry ulceration that may extend as far as down to the bone. The condition often lasts for weeks or months, and typically leaves a deep puckered scar. That is, if amputation or  surgerydoes not become necessary.  There is no antidote and no truly effective anti-venom. The anti-venom must be administered within 24hours, and in most cases it is only after 24 hours that the person realizes they are a victim of a recluse spider. So, in hopes of physically removing all of the poison, the treatment often resorted to is that of wide surgical excision - cutting away of any flesh containing venom. But there is safe and very effective natural remedy that has been used for centuries to treat poisonous bites including those of the recluse spider.
Aunt Norma's Brown Recluse Spider Kit First Aid    It has been discovered that a very effective and easy treatment for brown recluse spider bite is an activated charcoal poultice or compress. At the first suspicion of a Brown Recluse Spider bite, start applying charcoal. As with the remedy, the sooner the better. Simply sprinkle some charcoal on the wound or, if larger, on a bandage, and place on the wound and wrap or bandage tight enough for the charcoal to stay in contact with the bite area.  You can also mix the charcoal powder with enough water to make a "slurry" and then place that on the wound and cover.  Do not mix with anything oil-based as it can decrease the efficacy of the charcoal.   For the first eight hours, change the compress about every thirty minutes. On the second day, the time interval for changing the poultices or compresses can be lengthened to two hours, and then to four.  You should keep this up for at least a week, maybe longer, until you no longer see evidence of inflammation from the bite area. 


 

How to Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders NATUTRALLY in Huntington Beach

Posted on 23 January, 2015 at 23:41 Comments comments ()
     I have a friend who lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her husband and adorable twin boys, and she recently asked me if I knew of a way to get rid of Spiders.  It seems that for whatever reason, Huntington Beach (and several other parts of southern California) have been having a particularly bad problem with Brown Recluse Spiders.  She was really afraid as her boys liked to play outside in the back yard.  The venom from these spiders is really dangerous- I actually have two close friends who have had experience with their bites in the past:  One who ended up in the hospital for weeks on all kinds of drugs to fight the venom and allow him to slowly recover his health (and he STILL takes some residual medication), and another friend who's girlfriend was smart enough to administer a home remedy that sucked out the poison and left with no more than a tiny scar, about the size of a cigarette burn.  I will tell you how to Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders, and also in the next blog entry, will tell you how to effectively administer first aid to treat a brown recluse bite naturally.

    OK, first I will start by giving you some information on this type of Spider.  Honestly, though- I'm just giving you an overview, because researching this creature is giving me the heebie-jeebies.  I'm not exactly arachnophobic, but I HATE spiders!  I know that they are good for us, and that they help control the insect population, blah blah blah... but I can't stand them.  I read a fact once that stated that at any given time, we are never more than three feet away from a spider.  This tidbit of trivia keeps me awake at night. 

Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders Naturally   This spider is sometimes called the "Fiddleback Spider", as they have violin shaped markings on the back. Because this type of marking can also be found on other types of spiders, this cannot alone be diagnostic to determine if you have a brown recluse.  The article I was reading advised that you therefor must examine the eyes (while most spiders have 8 eyes, the Brown Recluse have six, arranged in pairs), and look for soft fur on the abdomen. 

 Listen Carefully:  I don't know what kind of person wrote that advice, but I'm telling you that anyone close enough to count a spider's eyes and check for fur on it's belly is probably going to then either eat it or try to commune with it telepathically, because they are clearly insane. Besides, what are you going to do if you determine that the spider is NOT a brown recluse... shake hands with it and invite it to dinner??!!  I generally believe that most people, like myself, squash or run away from spiders first, and ask questions later.   I will post one and only one picture here to help you identify the Brown Recluse, but the rest you can look up on your own- spending a Friday night trying to find non-copyritten pictures of giant evil spiders online is NOT my preferred way to pass time.  I am usually creeped-out beyond recovery by the second page.  (Ditto for what the bite looks like... Google at your own risk...some things you cannot unsee).
   
    So, now lets discuss where they hide.  As the name implies, these are not the most social of spiders.  The want to be left the #@!! alone!  They hide all over the place, which is unfortunate.  They like dark enclosed spaces, and are known to frequent shoes, dressers, behind pictures, underneath beds, in cardboard boxes, attics, closets... you get the idea.  They also like woodpiles and rotting bark a lot, so they can be encountered inside or out.  As they are nocturnal, artificial lights frok people attract them because of the way insects congregate around the lights at night.  They can sometimes get stuck in sinks or bathtubs, because of the smooth surface.  So take a look at the tub or shower floor before stepping in.  SUPPOSEDLY, these spiders have no interest in feeding on humans, and only bite if they are attacked or disturbed.  I'm not sure I entirely believe this about spiders in general, as I am quite certain that I have been CHASED by a spider before.  The  Brown Recluse Spider's web is strictly for nesting, and is not intended to trap prey.  The female spider lays between 40-5o eggs and can keep 'em coming.  The webs are weird looking and not typical, and the eggs are maybe the grossest thing I've ever seen.  (Why do I keep Googling this stuff?!)  They are giant white balls which apparently contain tiny little baby spiderlings waiting to hatch and live in your home... YUCK!!! 

     The bite can be very dangerous, and is one of only 2 types of potentially fatal spiders bites in the US.  Some people, although likely to end up with an awful scar, will be OK on their own in a few days, whilst for others especially children and the elderly, the bite is life-threatening.  The bites kill the surrounding skin, and they are truly hideous to behold.  It looks like flesh-eating disease: an open, ulcerous DEEP wound that keeps eating/ killing the flesh around it.  Sometimes surgery is required to extract the necrotic (dead) tissue (as happened to my friend, Michael).  The brown recluse spiders' venom is so poisonous that it is used to kill other insects.  If bitten, you aren't likely to notice right at first, but soon it begins to become evident after a few hours with a host of symptoms.  Everyone reacts to a different degree, though most victims show at least some signs of being poisoned.  The site of the bite will begin to resonate deep pain and show redness, inflammation and often extreme swelling.  The secondary, more serious symptoms include fever, nausea, diarrhea, and disorientation.  This spider is no joke. 

     HOW TO GET RID OF AND PREVENT BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS NATURALLY:

Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders NaturallyNow, here is some advice on what you can do to avoid these beasties.  Aunt Norma's has developed a spider spray and a spider powder with natural and food-based ingredients.  Our Go away! Spider Spray kills and deters spiders, prevents nests and webs, and is safe and non-toxic (don't spray it near your birds as essential oils can damage their delicate respiratory systems).  The spray can be used on shoes, drawers, under your bed...anywhere you don't want spiders!  It works without harsh chemicals, and has a fresh herbal scent.  Aunt Norma uses essential oils that are know to repel spiders, so they will find someplace else to go.  Aunt Norma's Go away! Spider Powder, on the other hand, is not so friendly,  This powder will kill any crawling spider that comes into contact with it within 24-48 hours, and works as long as the residue remains.  It is deadly to spiders, but safe enough to drink it in water (DON'T DRINK IT THOUGH... I'm just making a point.  The powder is NOT labeled for human consumption....) You can use this powder along windowsills and doorways- along the spiders' point of entry.  Also- it can be used along baseboards, under beds, in shoes and sweater drawers, bookshelves, etc.  For spider problems outside- you can sprinkle it there, too.  The powder will be effective as long as it is dry- and it will dry out again even if it gets wet.  I recommend sprinkling the powder along the baseline of your home outside, and around any basement windows.  The best way to deal with spiders in the house is to prevent them from getting IN the house.  You can read more about Aunt Norma's Go away! Spider Spray and Go away! Spider Powder on my website, www.auntnormas.com, or post a comment here to ask questions or get some advice. 

 Look for the next post about how to treat a Brown Recluse Spider bite naturally!

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