Mosquito bites and bug bites are almost unavoidable when enjoying an outdoor session, or when you are not under a mosquito net. These insects bite in order to feed on blood… and this leads to the itching and bumpiness on the affected person and area! 🙁
There are different methods that you can apply to get rid of the itch. Homemade solutions however are the best because they are easy to apply and produce better and immediate relief. The following are some of the home remedies to provide relief for mosquito, bug and insect bites. The below top home remedies for bug bites will depend on the type of bug bite and your skin / body type, but these natural insect bite remedies should work very well for most of you!
Apple Cider Vinegar
This natural solution has many health benefits whether applied on the skin or taken orally. Compared to other types of vinegar, the apple cider is less acidic. It therefore has more power to balance the pH of the affected area to normal.
In order to use apple cider vinegar for mosquito bites simply soak a piece of cotton wool in the apple cider vinegar and press it on the infected areas. Leave it to sit for some minutes until the itch disappears and then wash the area with some warm water.
Alternatively, you can mix the apple cider vinegar with flour to make a paste that you can apply on the bite area and let it dry before washing it off.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known to treat different types of skin-related issues such as burns, infections, injuries and insect bites because of its great antiseptic properties. It works to disinfect the bite area and reduce the swelling.
The best way to use tea tree oil for insect bites is to apply a little amount of the tea tree oil onto a cotton ball and use it to wipe the affected area carefully.
NOTE: For individuals who have been negatively affected by this type of essential oil before, it is advisable to dilute it first instead of applying it directly on the skin. This will help prevent skin irritation and get rid of the itch instantly.
This is another amazing natural remedy for mosquito bites. Aloe Vera is a powerful antiseptic that soothes the irritated area and reduces the swelling and redness. It also has vital minerals and vitamins that help heal the bite area faster.
In order to get rid of the itch, you can either use fresh Aloe Vera or its gel form since both work perfectly.
If you have the plant itself, you should first peel off the outer skin and then rub the succulent flesh on the infected area.
The gel is also applied on the skin and then left to sit for some minutes before it is washed off.
Witch Hazel has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties that work best on bug bites. It is used to remove the itch and ease the pain associated with bug bites. It is also a great remedy to faster healing of the affected skin area.
Dab a little amount of the Witch Hazel on a cotton wool pad and rub it on the bite area.
Alternatively, you can make a paste by mixing the solution with baking soda or Aloe Vera gel for faster relief and reducing the swelling. The paste is applied on the skin and left to work on the itch before it is cleaned off.
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is one of the most commonly used natural home remedies to treating different skin conditions. It is alkaline in nature and thus works greatly on the bite areas by stabilizing the pH and thus reducing itchiness.
For the best results when using baking soda for bug bites, make a paste out of the baking soda by mixing it with water and then apply it on the infected area and leave it to dry until you feel some relief from the itchiness.
You can also apply the dry baking soda powder on the skin and this will help relieve the itch. This is an easy remedy since baking soda is found in almost every kitchen and thus can provide a quick fix to a bug bite when you don’t have any of the other natural remedies in your home.
Another very easy trick to taking out the itch caused by bug bites is through the use of toothpaste. Ingredients found in toothpaste such as menthol can help reduce the itch and bring total relief by cooling the affected area. Additionally, toothpaste has anti-inflammatory properties that work well on bug bites and thus reduces the itching, swelling and redness.
Instead of going to the drugstore to buy medicines for bug bites, why not apply just a little of your toothpaste on the infected area. You should then spread and rub it on the skin surface to bring that cooling sensation that will make you forget about the itch.
One of the main ingredients found in onions is sulfur which tends to neutralize the chemicals produces by insects as they bite the skin.
All you need to do is slice the onion and rub one piece on the bite area and this gets rid of the itch almost immediately. Using refrigerated pieces brings out better results.
Lavender oil is well known for its calming and relaxing qualities and this means that it is a good remedy to soothing insect bites. It also serves as a repellant to some of these insects when applied to the skin.
In case of any insect bites, you should apply drops of the diluted essential oil on the affected area.
This is one of the essential oils that can be applied on the skin to relieve itching caused by mosquito bites.
The peppermint oil is applied directly to the skin after it is diluted. Due to its strong smell, it can be diluted using olive oil but care should be taken not to overpower its properties that relieve itching.
Garlic has many health benefits and one is to reduce the itch caused by mosquito bites.
Try slicing one clove of garlic and rub it on the affected area to reduce the itch and swelling as well. Rubbing it on the skin while going outdoor is also a great idea since it acts as a mosquito repellant.
A bug bite brings an uncomfortable feeling due to the itch and swelling associated with it. However, one can get back to a relaxed state by using oatmeal which is available in most kitchens. Oatmeal is made up of compounds with anti-irritant properties that reduce itching.
One should mix an equal amount of water and oatmeal in a bowl and then apply the paste on the bite area. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then wash off the paste.
Honey has a long medicinal history and that’s why it’s one of the remedies that can bring a quick fix to a mosquito bite. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties make it ideal for it to be used to bring relief on the bite area.
Apply just a few drops of honey on the affected area and rub it to get rid of itch and swelling.
Basil is one of the plants that are used to bring great taste to food especially Italian dishes. However, Basil can be used as a remedy to relieve itching caused by mosquito bites because it contains one vital compound known as eugenol.
One should boil the basil leaves in water and then leave the solution to cool. This is then followed by dipping a piece of cloth and then applying it on the area affected by the mosquito bite.
Inflammation can be greatly reduced by exposure to cold temperatures. This works by causing the skin to become numb and therefore brings an immediate relief.
One should put crushed ice in a bag or a washcloth and then press it on the mosquito bite to reduce the itch and swelling.
Alcohol left in the open tends to evaporate, therefore, applying it on the infected area will help reduce the itch and bring relief. Additionally, it will help disinfect the area and bring faster healing.
Apply the alcohol on the affected area using a piece of cloth or cotton wool and it will dry off on its own bring a cooling sensation.
Lemon has citric acid which numbs the skin area and tends to reduce itching. It also has anti-bacterial properties which helps prevent infections and thus faster healing of the infected area.
Instead of scratching the bite, one should apply drops of lemon juice or lime to avoid getting stings.
Salt has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it one of the best remedies for mosquito bites.
In order to make a paste, mix the salt with some water and apply it on the affected skin area. You may also combine the salt with water and garlic salt for maximum relief.
So…whether it’s a bug, a mosquito or an insect… you have some solutions at the palm of your hand! Try these out and let us know which one you prefer! I know we have given you a lot of options here, but all of the above have been proven to work. What works for you might be different to what works for me, so it’s important to try a few different home remedies to find out which one works best for you – this will depend on the type of insect bite, the location, and your skin type. At least you now know all of the best natural and have the power to relieve that terrible itchiness quickly, cheaply and easily.