There are a lot of things in the wild that can harm, maim, kill and/or eat you and snakes are one them.
If you are bitten, if medical attention is not available, there are some natural remedies that at least will give you a fighting chance until you can get professional, medical help.
If Bitten By A Snake Or Animal…
So, what happened if you were bitten by a snake or an animal? First, don’t panic! There are several things that you can do to prevent swelling and pain. Native Americans have been using the plantain leaves for centuries to help reduce swelling and as an anti-toxin.
According to Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy website, the plantain was used for a variety of illnesses and was a key remedy to cure the rattlesnake bite. Native Americans also used them for battle bruises and for drawing out any type of snake venom.
The Gwen’s Nest health website says “Plantain has been used since ancient times for snake bites, mad dog bites, and a variety of internal diseases. … Plantain herb can be used internally and externally for many different conditions. Basically, anything dealing with a toxin or venom … I have personally used it to remedy poison ivy/rashes, mosquito bites in children who have allergies to them, and bee stings.”
The plantain leaves can be chewed up and applied to a wound to help swelling. Another option would be black cohosh, which has several different applications.
The Southeast Wise Women website explains that “Black cohosh has been in Native American medicine for centuries and was also used by European settlers. Native Americans worked with black cohosh to treat snake bite and as a ceremonial herb to bring visions.”
While there are several other remedies that work OK on their own, a combination of a few of them make a serious fighting power against snake bites and animal wounds. Caroline Thompson at Livestrong found that “The Menominees Indians used witch hazel to reduce swelling and inflammation. They boiled the leaves and rubbed the liquid on the area that needed treatment. In a 1994 study at the department of physiology and pharmacology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, researchers concluded that witch hazel does indeed contain anti-inflammatory substances.”
Snakes are generally harmless and the mantra that they are more scared of you than you are of them generally holds true (there are a few notable exceptions.)
If cornered, however, just about every snake will attack and if it is poisonous, the results can be deadly; if you do not have a snake bite kit or if you cannot get to medical professionals, natural remedies like the ones above might be your only option.
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