New Delhi: Monsoon brings relief from heat and leaves behind a host of illness and diseases, some of which can be life threatening.

Here's how to keep yourself and your family safe this monsoon season.

Mosquitoes abound during the monsoon season and any bite or sting of an insect can trigger a local irritation of pitta under the skin. As long as the venom of the insect remains there, it may keep on creating periodic allergic reactions, or may even create sting-bite nephritis, a serious condition involving generalized edema (swelling) and breathlessness, and the person can choke. So stings and bites, though usually quite innocuous, may occasionally be very serious, one has to be watchful.

Here are a few tips to help treat mosquitoes and stings

CILANTRO
Place a handful of cilantro leaves (dhaniya) in a blender with about 1/3 cup water, blend thoroughly and strain it. Drink the juice and apply the pulp at the affected area. It will instantaneously pacify the itching created by the sting.

DRINK COCONUT WATER
One can drink 1/3 cup of coconut water adding about 1/8 teaspoon of kama dudha. Drinking this mixture two or three times will help heal the reaction to the sting bite.

COCONUT ASH
Take a piece of dried coconut, and set fire to it. Let it burn for about ½ inch and then blow it out. When the smoke disappears, a tarry black residue will remain. Apply that residue directly to the bite for instant relief.

APPLY NEEM PASTE
Take a neem powder and mix it with a little water. Apply it to the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse it off. Use herbalised oil made by boiling neem leaves in a sesame oil base.

A HEALING PASTE
You will also find a paste made from ½ teaspoon of sandalwood powder plus ½ teaspoon turmeric soothing and healing. Mix the two herbs together with sufficient water to make a paste, and apply topically to the site of the bite.

Courtesy: City Plus