Ugh, ticks. Those are some of the most irritating insects, maybe right behind mosquitos. Not only do they bite and make you itch but they can also make you sick. Have you ever heard of Lyme Disease? This is an unfortunate illness I had to deal with.
Growing up on a farm, I was familiar with ticks and had several bites over the years. I didn’t think much of running through the pasture and picking ticks off of me. It was a normal part of farm life. Then, 4 years ago a tick bit me that left a red welt. I did not get antibiotics and it spread through my system.
The Bullseye Rash
Some tick bites can have a very distinct rash pattern.
The classic bullseye rash of Lyme Disease. It doesn’t always mean that you are going to get Lyme Disease from ticks but the likelihood is increased if the bullseye rash appears.
Ticks have what is called the Spirochete. This is an organism with a corkscrew effect as it drills into your skin and enters your entire body.
It doesn’t always mean that you are going to get Lyme disease from these but the likelihood is increased if the bullseye rash appears.
They drill into your system and cause “Auto-immune” type symptoms.
This is important – If you have one of these rashes go to your doctor. You will probably need to start a round of antibiotics.
What happens after the Spirochete enters your body?
The Spirochetes from ticks build up in your system so if you get tested for Lyme Disease when you 1st have the bullseye, chances are you won’t test positive for it. The more it multiplies in your body the more dangerous it can be.
“Southern Tick-associated illness” has a lot of symptoms similar to Lyme Disease: Mild flu-like systems, fatigue, muscle pain, and headache.
The Lone Star Tick
- The Lone Star tick has a more red rash without the spiral effect.
- The Lone Star tick can sometimes carry a disease called Alpha-Gal – making you sensitive to all mammal meats to varying degrees.
Where can you find ticks?
Ticks are often found in grass and dry leaves. They can also fall on you from trees. *GASP!* It is not uncommon for your dog or cat to bring you a few of these unwelcome guests, either. Ticks also like hot, dry weather.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
- Joint Pain
- Flu-like Symptoms
- Swollen Glands
7 Weird Symptoms
- Sleep Problems
- Migrating Pain (This is one symptom I had)
What should you do?
It’s important to check for ticks regularly when you’re outside and at the very least when you come back inside from any area you could pick them up.
If you develop a bullseye rash – Go to your doctor and ask for an antibiotic for Lyme Disease. Lyme testing does not test positive until the Spirochetes have invaded your system quite deeply. By then, it may too be late for antibiotic treatment. This is when we start the herbal treatment and immune-strengthening foods & exercise.
Herbal Remedy for Lyme Disease
Below are a list of herbs that make a powerful defense against Lyme Disease.
- Red Clover is a blood purifier and has some blood-thinning effect.
- Plantain Leaf is very high in vitamins A and C and in Calcium.
- Echinacea has a positive effect on the immune system, may lower blood sugar levels, and it may reduce feelings of anxiety. Also has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Guacatonga has been used to slow bleeding and is a blood cleanser and detoxifier.
- Jergon Sach is used to fight viruses. It is widely used for venomous stings and spider bites.
- Maitake is shown to increase fatty acids that provide energy.
- Rue helps nerves and muscles.
- Ginseng – Used as a tonic for the whole body system in times of weakness, fatigue, and stress.
- St. John’s Wort is widely known as an herb that may improve mood.
- Fedegoso helps with fevers and lung issues.
Licorice Root can help with stomach issues and restore balance.
We have Lyme – Ex Herbal Tincture which includes all of these herbs. If you have any symptoms after taking antibiotics take 20 drops – 2x/day – until gone. Then start Lyme Detox with the same dose and take until gone.
It’s important to do as many things to keep your immune system strong. What you eat really does matter! If symptoms persist, we have some additional herbal products that may help like “Anti-Inflam Herbal Tincture” and a few others.
As always, I hope you find this information helpful and insightful.
Until Next Time – BE WELL!