I have a home in the Paradise area of Las Vegas. And the first thing my neighbor told me when I moved in was to watch out for the Arizona Bark Scorpions. I grew up in Phoenix Arizona so I thought I knew something about scorpions. I rarely saw them unless I was camping or out in the desert. And I was careful so I was never stung. But I saw lots of scorpion stings. And let me tell you, they did not look fun.
One thing you should not do when you live in an area with bark scorpions is to run around barefoot where you can’t see the scorpions like in the grass. Oops, I forgot that one. I walked outside in the grass barefoot and was STUNG! Owwwwwwww! The pain was unbearable. And it felt like electrical jolts were shooting up my leg. Right away I went in the house and started googling. Here is what I learned.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (google yourself, there were TONS of sites, all with doom and gloom info for when you get stung).
The Arizona bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus, included in Centruroides exilicauda) is a small light brown scorpion common to the Sonoran Desert in southwest United States and northwestern Mexico. An adult male can reach 8 cm in length (3.14 inches), while a female is slightly smaller, with a maximum length of 7 cm (2.75 inches).
The bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America, and its venom can cause severe pain (coupled with numbness, tingling, and vomiting) in adult humans, typically lasting between 24 and 72 hours. Temporary dysfunction in the area stung is common; e.g. a hand or possibly arm can be immobilized or experience convulsions. It also may cause loss of breath for a short time. Due to the extreme pain induced, many victims describe sensations of electrical jolts after envenomation.
There was a LOT of info from a LOT of sites, none of it was good.
So I started googling what happens when you are stung by a scorpion. None of that was good either.
Then I started googling how to treat a bark scorpion sting.
After many more sites telling me to seek medical attention immediately I decided to google “natural treatments for scorpion stings” and that led me to google “essential oils for scorpion stings”.
That’s when I came across story after story after story about Frankincense essential oil used to treat scorpion stings. What blew me away was these articles did not say they would “lessen the symptoms” or “help with the pain”. They boldly said “ONE drop would make the pain and symptoms stop IMMEDIATELY!”.
Thank goodness I always travel with the Ameo Essential Oils. And of course that includes Frankincense.
While my foot was beginning to swell and the pain and the electrical jolts were shooting up my leg I applied ONE DROP to the sting and INSTANTLY the pain began to subside. Within minutes it was gone. And within a few more minutes all symptoms subsided. I waited an hour to make sure they were gone and then my grandson and I went to a trade show and back to school shopping and I was on my feet for 9 hours before coming back home. And there was NO SWELLING, and No More Symptoms!
FRANKINCENSE Essential oil for scorpion stings
Frankincense (also known as Boswelia frereana) is native to northern Somalia. The locals use it by grinding it into a paste to support healthy joints & muscles, as well as support a healthy immune response. It has been used by physicians & priests, with notes of its uses dating back thousands of years. In 3000 B.C, Frankincense was more valuable than gold.
HOW DOES FRANKINCENSE WORK ON SCORPION STINGS?
Because Frankincense (& other essential oils) are lipophilic, they can absorb into the skin, pass through the cell membrane and work at a molecular level. Frankincense has a very special set of compounds called sesquiterpenes. Frankincense is cherished because of it’s unique ability to help with even the worst bites & stings. Many countries use Frankincense for toxic bites of various insects & snakes.
If you live or plan to visit the southwest states especially in the summer, make sure you have Frankincense on hand!