Bites and stings
Essential oils are well known for their ability to keep you sting free and are the active ingredient in many brand-name products.
In case of animal bites, wash the area with a mild soap and warm water in which with thyme, or lavender added. Then cover the wound with a bandage, piece of gauze, or plaster to which you have added 4 drops of lavender and 3 drops of thyme.
In case of insect sting, remove it if visible sting, but try not to squeeze and break the venom bag which may be attached. Apply 1 drop of neat lavender oil directly to the site of sting. Continue to apply neat lavender, a drop at a time, every 5 minutes or as soon as the drop can be seen to be absorbed, until a total of 10 drops has been reached.
Swelling: first apply neat lavender to the area, then neat chamomile. One drop can be rubbed to cover quite a large area---use as many drops as you need. If the swelling is excessive as a result of an allergic reaction, it should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. On you way there apply 1 drop of chamomile to the neck area, every 5 minutes to a maximum total of 4 drops.
Apply a cold compress to the area, leave it for several hours or as long as possible. Apply 1 drop of neat chamomile 3 times/day for 2 days.