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Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon or activated coal, is a form of carbon. It is called activated because it is very porous and has an amazing surface area for absorbing chemicals. In fact, as little as 1/3 oz has the surface area of a football field. For these reasons, it is widely used in many industries. In the medical field, for decades it has been used orally to treat poisonings and overdoses by binding to the harmful chemicals and preventing thier absorption through the GI tract. It has also been used topically to absorb some toxins at the surface of the skin, which can be the case with insect stings and spider bites from black widow spiders or brown recluse spiders.
Aleo vera is a type of succulent plant grown in arid climates. It has been used for centuries in herbal medicine to soothe and treat skin conditions. Scientific studies of Aloe vera are inconclusive, but early evidence suggests that it's extracts may be beneficial for wound healing, skin infections, burns, psoriasis, cysts, and genital herpes and spider bites (e.g., brown recluse spider bite or black widow spider bite). It also appears to have some antibacterial and antifungal activity. For instance, some studies suggest that aloe vera may speed rates of healing.
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is native to many parts of South East Asia and the Pacific. It has been used for centuries as a healthful botanical in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicines. Although several internal uses have been studied, of primarily interest is evidence supporting its use in wound treatment, particularly spider bites. It is believed to speed skin healing and, in fact, extracts from the plant have been used to treat leprosy. It is also believed to be mildly anti-ulcerogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial and may be useful for black widow and brown recluse spider bites and insect stings.
Plantain (Plantago major), not to be confused with the banana like fruit, is a common weed found in temperate climates, often in residential lawns. It is commonly used topically to treat various skin conditions such as, dandruff, sunburn, rash, poison ivy, dermatitis, eczema, insect stings, and spider bites (e.g., brown recluse spiders or black widow spiders). There is evidence that it is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It is believed to have drawing properties for insect venoms and other foreign objects and is thought to speed wound healing, including perhaps wounds from black widow or brown recluse spider bites.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a light golden essential oil derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca plant in Australia and has been used for centuries for treating skin conditions. It has been scientifically studied recently for antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties when used topically. It has also been shown effective against scabies and head lice and is thought to be useful for brown recluse spider bites and insect stings. At least one study has shown Tea Tree oil to be as effective in the treatment of acne as conventional medications with benzoyl peroxide. Other studies have shown it effective against dandruff.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis), also known as common marigold, likely originated in Europe, but is now widely cultivated around the world. It has been used for centuries in the treatment of skin conditions, including insect stings and spider bites. It believed to have antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has astringent action. Topically it has been used to reduce skin irritation and decrease swelling for insects stings and spider bites (such as black widow and brown recluse). It has also been used to treat acne.
Vitamin E is a label for a group of fat-soluble nutrients, with alpha-tocopherol being most mentioned. These compounds seem to be most prevalent in seed oils such as wheat germ, safflower and sunflower. There appear to be nutrient, and health benefits from taking the vitamin orally, but topical application is also thought to have benefits, particularly for decreasing inflammation and aiding wound healing. Additionally, it is thought to reduce scaring and associated irregular pigmentation, which can be the case with black widow and brown recluse spider bites. It has also believed to help with acne.
Lavendar (Lavandula) is derived for a species of flowering plants in the mint family common in Europe, Asia and North America. It is prized for its pleasing aroma and has been widely used in the perfume industry. In aromatherapy, it is said to have a soothing, stress-reducing effect. It is also used topically as an antiseptic and pain reliever for minor burns, insect stings, spider bites (e.g., black widow or brown recluse). Care must be taken because in large doses it can be toxic to human cells.
Bentonite (Montmorillonite) a clay common to various regions of the world, is formed by they action of water on types of volcanic ash. It is most know for its high absorbency and has many industrial uses. It is prized in cosmetics for its ability to pull oils, heavy metals and toxins (potentially black widow spider or brown recluse spider bite venoms) from the skin. It is also thought to leave the skin smooth. Additionally, it has been used in products designed to shield the skin from the harmful oils in certain plants such as poison ivy.
Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) has been used for centuries in Africa to moisturize dry skin and improve elasticity; it can also help protect the skin from the sun. It is a common base in cosmetic preparations and salves (such as spider bite salve). It also thought to have some anti-inflammatory properties.
Cocoa Butter: Besides its common use in chocolate, Cocoa (Therobrma cacao) is a common emollient used in cosmetic preparations for moisturizing the skin.
Beeswax has been prized by primitive peoples for centuries for its antiseptic and wound healing properties. It makes an excellent thickening base and humectants and is thought to have softening properties in cosmetic preparations and salves (such as spider bite salve).