If there’s one thing that everyone hates about the summer, it’s the mosquito bites. After all, spending more time outside means being exposed to mosquitoes longer, giving them more time to bite you. But don’t break out the mosquito repellent just yet; why not make your own home-made mosquito bite remedies?
With just simple herbs and plants that you can find around your home, you can make gentle but effective anti-mosquito remedies that are cheap and easy on the skin. No need to use any chemicals to soothe those itchy bites anymore!
Here are the best home remedies:
An ice cube or cold pack can be surprisingly effective remedy for mosquito bite. The ice numbs the area and helps control swelling. Wrap cubes in a towel and press against bites for 10 minutes (or for long as you can tolerate).
Natural tannins in tea act as an astringent, drawing toxins out of the skin and helping to lessen your discomfort. Press a used tea bag against your bites until the itching subsides.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Antiseptic properties in tea tree oil help it treat a variety of skin-related symptoms, including mosquito bites. Dab a little essential oil onto a cotton swab and rub it on the affected area. Lavender and peppermint oils also work well. A caveat: Some people are sensitive to having essential oils applied directly to the skin. If that’s the case for you, try diluting the oil or choose a different remedy.
Baking Soda Paste
Add a few drops of water to some baking soda, mix it into a paste, apply it directly onto bug bites, and allow to dry. The alkalinity of baking soda can help neutralize the pH of an infected area and reduce itching.
Apple Cider Vinegar
In the same way that baking soda can neutralize a bug bite, a swab of apple cider vinegar (or a few cupfuls diluted in a bath) can help balance the pH of an infected area. Apple cider vinegar is less acidic than other vinegars and a good choice for restoring natural pH.
Often associated with relieving painful sunburns, aloe vera is also helpful for mosquito bites. Make your own or buy it. Look for fresh aloe vera in the produce aisle, or buy gel at the pharmacy. If you go the fresh route, peel away the tough skin from the inner gel with a sharp knife. You can then pulverize the gel or just rub it on any offending bites.
Mash peppermint leaves into a paste and apply it to especially bothersome bites for a cooling sensation. If you’re an adept forager, you can also make a soothing poultice from jewelweed, plantain, or chickweed. And if you don’t happen to have a mortar and pestle handy, you can just chew the herbs to mash them.