Ticks are everywhere. Anywhere there are birds, small mammals and carrier hosts there will be ticks and although not all ticks carry Lyme and co-infections, there are some areas where Lyme is endemic. The highlands of Scotland is one such area. Also, ticks are not the only way Lyme can be passed, but more on that later.
So what do we do?
Firstly we need to safely remove the tick. The best way to do with is with either long-nosed tweezers or a tick hook. I personally prefer a tick hook as this basically unscrews the tick from the skin. With long-nosed tweezers, not only the tick is pulled out but also, often the surrounding skin and tissue where the tick has attached itself, can also be pulled away.
Whichever method you prefer, remove the tick as soon as possible. Please DO NOT burn it, douse it in essential oils, smoother it tiger balm etc, etc, this will force the tick to expel the contents of its gut into the bloodstream alongside any bacteria that it may be carrying.
Once the tick is removed, put it in a freezer bag and put it in the freezer. The tick can then be sent off for testing.
As far as remedies and protocols go, yes, there are protocols to use if you get bitten, however, they may not be the right remedies or potencies for you. For instance, someone with an already compromised immune system or a pre-existing condition might have a remedy reaction and not tolerate the remedies or potencies well, whilst someone who is healthier would be able to tolerate higher potencies.
In the meantime some remedies that would be really good to have to hand in case of a tick bite include:
Ledum 30c and 200c
Aurum ars 30c and 200c
Apis 30 c and 200c
Hypericum 30c and 200c
Gelsemium 30c and 200c
Rhus tox 30c and 200c
Belladonna 30c and 200c
Lyme nosode 30c and 200c
The most important thing to remember is, the best way to avoid getting Lyme or Co-infections is to be healthy so that our own immune system can detox the bacteria.