8 Natural Bug Bite Remedies That Actually Work!
There’s nothing worse than that stinging and itching sensation of a bug bite, and with summer fast approaching, it’s the season to be bitten! If you’re looking for some DIY remedies that don’t rely on harsh chemicals, then this is the blog for you. But first, let’s understand what happens to us when a bug bites…
When a bug, particularly a mosquito, bites you, it releases an anticoagulant (blood-thinner) that lets them feed without you noticing. Your body’s natural reaction to that anticoagulant is to create histamines and send them to the bitten area, which is why you itch and the bite mark swells!
Read on and discover some natural, at-home bug bite remedies you need to try!
1. Lavender Oil
Lavender is without a doubt a soothing and relaxing scent, but it also makes a great bug-bite remedy, too! Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce any swelling in the area and ease the itching sensation almost immediately. Apply 2-3 drops to the affected area and massage in until absorbed. Re-apply as often as needed.
2. Peppermint Oil
This versatile essential oil not only soothes the itch but also prevents further bites from occurring – win-win! Studies show that the mint oil repels bugs “almost in their tracks”, so not only does it work topically, but you can use a few drops around the house to stop infestations, too! Try diluting it in a carrier oil like coconut oil, and applying as a moisturizer on your skin.
Vinegar is well known for reducing stinging and burning sensations on a bite, and can even be used on bee or wasp stings, too. It’s a natural disinfectant, so helps heal an open wound if you’ve been scratching a bite. Soak a clean cloth in cold water and vinegar, and apply it to the bite for a few minutes. If you have multiple bites all over your body, you can also add 2 cups of vinegar to a lukewarm bath and soak for up to 20 minutes.
4. Ice Cubes
One of the easiest remedies to get your hands on is ICE! A no-brainer really, to reduce the heat and swelling of a bite, you need to use something cold. Your brain will quickly go from thinking “ouch, it itches!” to “ahh, that’s cold!”. Ice also helps numb the area and reduces local inflammation. Be careful to only apply the ice for a few minutes at a time, though.
5. Banana Peel
Rub banana peel on a bite and it will neutralize the itching and soothe redness – according to ancient Chinese medicine! Simply use the inside of the peel to rub the affected area and leave on for several minutes – the sugars work to soothe and repair the skin!
6. Plantain Leaves
This plant has impressive would-healing properties and is used in hundreds of home-remedies. Mash them up and apply to the affected area to help reduce the stinging sensation, similar to how a Dock Leaf stops nettle stings. Ensure the leaves are clean before you use them, and you should feel relief almost immediately.
In a similar manner to how the peppermint oil works, applying toothpaste to a bug bite can relieve itching and cool the area. Menthol in the toothpaste is soothing and can also prevent further swelling of the area. Apply a small amount to the bite and let it absorb into the skin.
8. Aloe Vera
The most soothing plant of them all – Aloe Vera! It’s synonymous with soothing sunburn, but few people realize it can work the same magic on a throbbing bug bite, too! Apply the inner gel to the bitten area and its anti-bacterial properties work to sooth and reduce inflamed or irritated skin.
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