It’s that time of year when we’re all outside enjoying the weather – maybe soaking up the sun by the pool or having a family cook out. Then you realize there are a few uninvited guests crashing your good times; MOSQUITOS!!! The little bloodsuckers seem to infiltrate through most of my well thought out defenses (a mosquito defense strategy post will come at a later date) leaving us with red bumps that itch like crazy. Whether you just have a couple bites or your body has been a bug buffet, this post is sure to help you!
These are the remedies that I have found relief from.
You can pick up one of these bug sticks (they go by many different names depending on brand) at most drug stores. This has always been my go-to for stopping the itch. I keep mine in the refrigerator because the coldness seems to help the itch even more. Recently, my bug stick ran out, leading me to try home remedies using stuff I have around the house.
If you don’t mind a bit of stickiness, honey is a great one to try. It is an anti-inflammatory and the stickiness makes itching a little easier to resist.
MILK AND WATER
This one is fairly simple. Mix equal parts milk and water together, then dip a thin cloth into the concoction. Just dab it on your bites for some quick relief.
LEMON OR LIME JUICE
These wonderful citrus fruits can provide itch relief and are antibacterial, so they can help prevent infection. If you do try this option, make sure you are inside when you do it. Citrus juices are photosensitive, which means the juices can burn your skin when combined with sunshine.
A lot of toothpastes on the market have a mint or peppermint flavor. The menthol ingredient creates a cooling sensation on your skin. Your brain picks up on this feeling faster than the itching sensation. Plus, the toothpaste can actually help reduce swelling, too.
This is my favorite. I have a few basil plants growing in my garden. Basil leaves contain natural ingredients such as camphor, which creates a cool feeling that can help with the itch. Crush up a couple leaves and apply it right onto any bites you have.
One ice cube can reduce the swelling and help with the itch by constricting the blood vessels to help stop the the body’s histamine reaction.
Wet a tea bag with cold water to draw the fluid out of a bite. This will help with the itching and swelling. I have tried green tea and black tea bags. Both seem to work well.
This is a great home remedy to help block the itching because of its small acidic levels. I use a cotton ball to dab it onto individual spot. If you have too many bites to count, you can add two to three cups to warm water and soak in a tub. Apple cider vinegar may work even better due to its detoxifying nature, but I have only tried white vinegar.
Are there any natural remedies YOU have tried?