Based on my last article about keeping the bugs away the natural way, hopefully we are all prepared with the knowledge and tools to help us avoid those dreaded insect bites! But what do we do if we do get caught off guard and get bit? Luckily, there are many natural remedies for reducing the inflammation, itchiness, and the overall discomfort of a bite! Many of these remedies you’ll already have handy in your home!
Moving from California to the Philippines has definitely given me many experiences, including but not limited to a huge increase of mosquito bites. Many of the following remedies I have tried, and others have been recommended:
1. Baking Soda Paste: Mix baking soda with water into a paste and apply onto the bites. This should stop the itching and relieve discomfort.
2. Hot Water: On a cotton pad or small towel, run hot water (careful not to burn yourself, I really go overboard on this one) and place onto the bite. Repeat. The heat will confuse the nerves to relieve the itch for at least a couple of hours.
3. Lavender: The stuff works to repel bugs and to relieve bites. Mix a tablespoon of lavender essential oil with two tablespoons of a base oil (vegetable, coconut, olive, etc.). Rub onto bite. Because this oil is an antiseptic, it will relieve the itch and inflammation.
4. Toothpaste: Rubbing just a bit of toothpaste on the bite will begin to dry out and relieve irritation.
5. Mouthwash: Apply mouthwash onto a cotton ball and hold against the bite. This will provide itch relief and a cool soothing feeling.
6. Raw Onion: Cut open a raw onion and rub onto the bite. Onions contain quercetin, a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine which has even been recognized to help hay-fever suffers!
7. Tiger Balm (or other muscle rub): This was first recommended to me in the Philippines, and I thought there was some kind of language barrier confusion. I tried it anyway and found it to be cooling and really helpful in relieving the itch.