foraging wild garlic in Cranham woods (and a tale of a tick bite)

July 6, 2018 at 1:33 pm 12 comments

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When Euan was 3 years old we went for a bimble in Cranham Woods and stumbled upon a fabulous patch of wild garlic surrounding an ancient gnarly tree. I vowed to return each year but you’ve probably already guessed that we didn’t! I was reminded of both my love of foraging and the opportunity to recreate special trips with Luca when a friend asked me if I knew of anywhere she could find wild garlic to make pesto. Having sent her my blog link from my visit with Euan it tickled my memory bank and I decided to visit with Luca, albeit a year younger than Euan was first time around. If I visit again next year when Luca is also 3 I’ll have to track down Euan’s coat and really go to town with recreating the trip down memory lane!

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Luca and I explored the woods with a new Mum friend and her toddler and I think we found that same gnarly tree. It seemed further away from the road than I remembered and much bigger than it seemed last time but I guess that’s nature for you and 3 years growth (I really don’t trust my baby brain recollections these days). The toddlers were in their element bimbling about picking up leaves, dragging along giant sticks and blowing out dandelion clocks.

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Woods are such a good option on a hot day but the shaded canopy from the trees made for rather yellow photos. As we walked back towards the car we spotted a rape seed field and found a break in the fencing to check it out. I love the sight of swaths of golden yellow flowers.

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A few days after visiting Cranham Woods I found an engorged tick on Luca’s neck. During our bimble we’d had a conversation with a couple out on their daily walk in the woods about the deer they often see so it was a fair assumption Luca’s wading through the grass may have been the cause of being nibbled on. And as it was likely to be a deer tick I was a bit concerned about the possibility of infection, most notably the development of Lymes disease.

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George removed the tick with tweezers using this method as soon as we spotted it but it was 3 days after our woods visit . I did some reading about the the symptoms to look for following a tick bite and was relieved to find nothing to be concerned about and no rash around the bite. 3 days passed and then Luca developed a runny nose, napped for 3 hours and come the evening was starting to feel really hot. He was running a fever when I put him to bed. When I spoke to a friend on the phone that evening she mentioned her son had a tick bite and her homeopath had recommended a precautionary dose of Ledum immediately. Only then did it occur to me that Luca’s body might be fighting an infection from the bite he’d received 6 days earlier. I did a little more research and found this article by homeopath Kelley Callahan ,”Ease Lyme anxiety: Homeopathic treatment of acute tick bites” , particularly reassuring.

”The Ledum is stimulating the body to effectively respond to the bite; which may in turn also neutralize the Lyme bacteria and prevent the development of an infection. This is the same principle by which you give someone with a high fever Belladonna; the remedy stimulates the body in its response to whatever infection or stimuli is causing the fever, often enabling the immune system to complete its work, without moving into a full-blown illness be it cough, flu, croup, etc.

I think its important to emphasize that Ledum is treating the *tick bite* not Lyme disease. There is no Lyme disease when you get a tick bite. Yes, it *may* develop. And you *may* get the flu from someone at the grocery store. But, you might not.

This is part of changing your mindset. We need to sever the cord of tick = Lyme always”.

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Luca had a high fever all night and kept scratching his neck where the tick bite had been but there was still no rash. He woke to nurse frequently and I gave him some Ledum when I went to bed and in the morning. The next day he still had a low grade fever and I thought it worth getting him checked over by the GP given the possible cause of his infection. I’m not keen on the use of antibiotics but will use them if there is an urgency around treating an infection where slow natural healing may result in complications. As Luca was no longer experiencing any symptoms and his temperature was normal the GP was happy that his immune system had dealt with the infection from the bite and there was nothing more sinister to be concerned about. I was relieved that not only had his body’s fever response done the work of burning off the infection but that the GP hadn’t been quick to prescribe a ”just in case” dose of antibiotics which I’ve known to happen sometimes for other parents. It’s 6 weeks now since our woodland adventure and Luca never did develop any further symptoms. It just shows what the body is capable of when we let it respond naturally and are nourished and rested like children are.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Darren Coleshill (@Photalife)  |  July 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Gorgeous photos, it looks like you had the best time.

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  • 2. Carol  |  July 8, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    The photos look like such fun!

  • 3. debsrandomwritings  |  July 8, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Nic, how fun to recreate a previous fun woodland traipse with Luca. You got some lovely photos of him doing what children love doing (exploring and burning off energy)… Tick bites can be a concern, but the body is amazing when left to its own devices. Like you I try to avoid antibiotics. When the children were young their Doctor would always wait three or four days before prescribing them, the main reason being they may not need them, but secondly, he said it was good to give the body a chance to produce antibodies even if it needed help to fight the bacteria in the end.


    • 4. debsrandomwritings  |  July 12, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Only me again. Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal x

  • 5.  |  July 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Luca got off lightly! I got bitten by something back in May and got a huge circular target like rash on my leg. It took 4 weeks to fade, and only then did I develop Lymes disease symptoms. I have been to the GP 4 times in the past 4 weeks with my symptoms and they haven’t suggested Lyme disease. (Admittedly I didn’t go with the bite so they weren’t to know. I’m due back there on Wed for results so I will be asking them to rule it out for sure. #MySundayPhoto

    • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  July 9, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      I think you’re right he was lucky. The bulls eye like rash is considered to be the first sign of disease from a bite and can take weeks to develop apparently so often a connection isn’t made. Apparently it’s recommended to wait several weeks before testing blood as it can take that long for symptoms to develop. I hope you get some reassurance from your results on Wednesday and some options for treatment if Lymes is confirmed. All good wishes to you and thanks for sharing your experience.

  • 7. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)  |  July 9, 2018 at 10:42 am

    They look like they are having a wonderful time together enjoying the natural beauty all around them.

  • 8. Karen Dennis  |  July 10, 2018 at 10:43 am

    A trip to the woods is great and getting wild garlic makes it even better #keepingitreak@_karendennis

  • 9. RaisieBay  |  July 10, 2018 at 11:05 am

    What a lovely day you had, it’s a shame that Luca managed to get a tick bite. I’m glad his immune system did it’s job properly. I remember being tested for Lyme disease when my symptoms first appeared, but it wasn’t and I still don’t know what caused my immune system to start attacking me. Your photos are beautiful x

  • 10. viewfromthebeachchair  |  July 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I hate ticks! Looks like a nice day spent in the woods! #keepingitreal

  • 11. chickenruby  |  July 13, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I think your son was very lucky that bite didn’t turn nasty and make him very ill #keepingitreal

  • 12. The Queen of Collage  |  July 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    My husband discovered a tick when we were on holiday in France. So I understand what a worry they can cause. Great to read he’s now recovered. #keepingitreal


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