Summertime brings warm weather, trips to the beach, campfires and yes, those darn pesky mosquitoes. While some mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases, depending on where in the world you live, the more likely outcome of getting bet is an annoying little red, terribly itchy bump on your skin. If you happen to be out camping or close to water, there’s probably going to be a large population of hungry mosquitoes just waiting to feast on you and your pals, leaving lots of those red itchy bumps that stay itchy for days. It’s very annoying. While citronella can be an effective way to ward off these annoying little bugs, they don’t always work as well as we would like. Turns out there’s a lot of great home remedies that you can find in basically any kitchen which will help relieve those sometimes-painful itchy bumps. Mosquitoes can leave behind. Here’s some of the best ones we’ve found.
Ice is a common remedy for all kinds of things. Bumps, bruises and yes, even mosquito bites. Cold helps to reduce inflammation and is likely to help relieve your itchiness, too. You won’t want to put an ice cube directly on your skin, though, as that won’t really help just sort of shock your skin and it’ll probably be uncomfortable as well.
What you want to do is put some ice in a towel or in an ice pack and place it on the desired area of your skin anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
Aloe vera is known as a plant that can soothe skin conditions like sunburns, psoriasis, cold sores, frostbite and more. You can cut the aloe vera plant to get to the gel inside or you can buy the gel that’s already been extracted. Aloe vera is a natural antiseptic and will help reduce any swelling that these bug bites may cause. It’s also said that aloe vera can promote faster healing, which is great news when it comes to these itchy, annoying bumps on your skin. You’ll probably want to be rid of these bites as soon as possible.
Put the kettle on. It’s time to treat those bug bites. Once you’re done steeping the perfect cup of tea and you’ve let the teabag cool off, of course you can apply it to any irritated areas on your skin. There is something called tannins in tea and they can act as a natural astringent. Astringent can have many benefits when applied to the skin and are commonly used to treat acne. A stringency will tighten the pores, dry out the skin, which can help clear up any irritation and can even help cleanse the skin as well. Some estrogens are alcohol based. So that’s why using teabags is a great way to avoid any alcohol-based ones as they can have counter active benefits.
What can’t baking soda do?It’s great for getting rid of unpleasant odors in your fridge. You can bake with it and it’s great for making model volcanoes. And yes, even to treat those irritating bug bites. Baking soda is on the alkaline side of things, which means it will help neutralize the P.H. levels on the part of your skin that is affected by the bug bite. Basically, this should help with any itchiness. What you can do is dissolve about a tablespoon of baking soda into water until it forms a paste. Apply that to the bug bites and let it sit for about 10 minutes or so and rinse with warm water. There is an odd chance this could cause your skin to become irritated. So, if this happens, just rinse off the mixture and move on to one of the other treatments on this list.
Lemon Juice and Basil.
Basil is delicious and fragrant. But did you know it can help relieve itchy skin? Lemons are also known to help with swelling and pain. Those bug bites can sure become painful if you have a lot of them or depending on where you’ve been bitten. Lemons also have anti-inflammatory properties, so that combined with the compound you general found in basil should grant you some relief. You can make a sort of paste from the basil leaves and lemon juice for a soothing remedy.
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast anymore. You can now use it to help with those uncomfortable, itchy bug bites. Oatmeal has these compounds in it that can help relieve that ever persistent itchy feeling as well as the swelling.
These compounds have anti irritant qualities, so once you make the oatmeal, you can apply it to the affected area for some relief. You should make it a bit thicker than you would if you were eating it more like a paste and can apply it to the troubled areas for about 10 minutes. Then white clean.
This sticky remedy is another easy to apply and easy to find treatment that can help relieve the itchiness of those awful mosquito bites. It’s best to use raw honey in this case. Plus, raw honey has way more health benefits than pasteurized honey anyway. So, if you haven’t made the switch already, try sourcing out some local honey. This type of honey has antibacterial properties. Plus, it can reduce inflammation.
It might make you cry, but it’ll also make you say onion juice is a great way to combat the stinging sensation of mosquito bites. Plus, it should help with the overall irritation as well. Not only that, but onions have what’s known as an antifungal quality to them, which, like the name implies, reduces the risk of any fungal infections. If you’re wondering what else the Onion can do for you, check out our article dedicated to them called Eating Onions every day. We’ll do this to your body.
When you think about it. Mosquitoes are kind of like the modern-day vampire, right? Just the really small version. After all, they do want to suck your blood. Vampires hate garlic, and it turns out it can help soothe those mosquito bites, too.
However, garlic can be pretty potent. Garlic breath anyone. So, it’s recommended that you chop the garlic really fine and mix it with either uncensored lotion or something like coconut oil, something that will absorb easily into the skin and help dilute the garlic a bit. Garlic has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so this should help if you’re prone to your mosquito bites becoming a bit swollen. Or if you’ve been scratching at them, we get it. It’s really hard not to scratch. Let the lotion or oils stay on your skin for about 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a cool cloth to avoid your skin becoming irritated by the garlic. You can always apply more later if you’re still itchy.
Repeat as necessary, but it should offer some relief. There is lots to enjoy now that the warmer weather is here, and with this list we hope you can enjoy it even more. Mosquito bites will be no match for you. Remember, if you end up having any kind of reaction to a mosquito bite besides the normal bumps and itching, go see a doctor. Did any of these remedies surprise you? Do you have any remedies that work wonders against the dreaded mosquito bite that you’d like to share? Why not let us know in the comments section below?