Monday, August 9, 2010

Dealing with Bug Bites

Two posts in one day??? Crazy, isn't it?

Here's another tip that I learned about recently. I'm very allergic to spider bites and swell up really bad. So, one day, I had about 8 bites and they were all itching badly. I went to my handy, dandy search engine and started reading away about home remedies.
What works for me is to make a paste of baking soda and water. Spread the paste onto the bites (works for mosquito or spider bites) and let it stay on for at least 15 minutes. I do this at night after the kids are in bed. After the 15 minutes, wipe it off. In the morning, the swelling has gone away and so has the itching.

Mint tea and I'm back:D

So, I've been off the blogging thing for awhile. I now have a 16 month old who keeps me too busy. But, school will be starting soon for my 6 year old and my soon to be 5 year old, so I *should* have a bit more time.:D At least, I hope so. LOL

I have mint growing in my garden and didn't know what to do with it. So, I got on a trusty old search engine and looked up mint tea. I tried a batch or two and came up with my favorite recipe.

Mint Tea

5 sprigs mint (stems and all - cleaned very well)
1 cup water

Boil the above for 5 minutes or until the leaves start turning brown.

Strain into a pitcher and add 3/4 cup sugar (or to your taste). Stir to dissolve and add water to fill the pitcher.

I've noticed that since I've started drinking this, I have much more energy....and, I think I'm losing some weight too.

Anyone have any other uses for mint?