How to Treat Mosquito Bites
Have you or the kids just been bitten by mosquitoes? And you’ve run out of your go-to ointment at home? Fret not! Here is a list of simple home remedies you can use to treat the bite.
A kitchen staple. Garlic has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Finely dice up a few garlic pods and mix it in with your favorite lotion. You can also use coconut oil as the base. Apply it on the infected area and let it stay on for about ten minutes. Use a wet wipe or a clean washcloth to wipe off. Alternatively, just rinse it off. If the irritation continues, apply more of the mixture. Watch this little Lilly (surprising right!), work its magic!
Like garlic, lemon also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics. It also is natural anesthesia. Rub a slice of cut ripe lemon directly on the bitten area. You can also squeeze a bit of the juice on the affected part. Or do you happen to have the plant lemon balm in your garden? Mince up a few leaves and gently rub it on. Lemon balm consists of polyphenols and tannin, which help to soothe inflammation and accelerate the healing process.
Also the next time you’re shopping for that mosquito repellent, you might want to pick up some lemon balm essential oil. It’s easily available off the shelf.
This is the queen of natural home remedies. Yes, it also helps treat the pesky insect bites. It too is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. A few drops on the bite will provide instantaneous relief.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Another go-to solution. It works as an antidote and takes the sting out of the bite. Dab a few drops on or just soak the infected spot in a solution of vinegar and water. Again, because it shares properties with garlic and honey, it will work like a charm!
This humble vegetable is a staple in every home. What it offers is an antifungal characteristic. Rub a slice of it on to stem any infection. It will also help lessen the itchiness.
Known also as Sodium Bicarbonate. All you need to do is make a paste. Mix well one tablespoon of baking soda with just a little water. Make sure it isn’t runny, so it doesn’t slide off the skin, but sits as a paste on it. Allow the application to stay on for ten minutes before washing off. If it causes any irritation, stop this treatment immediately.
It has a chemical called eugenol. This miracle compound lessens the inflammation and helps relieve the itch. For a quick and easy fix, dice up some leaves and apply on the bite. Making a basil solution is another fix but not as quick. Add 30 grams of the fresh leaves to about 3 cups of boiling water. Let it boil for a few minutes before switching off. Allow it to cool before applying on the bite.
Did you know that this wonder plant has over 130 elements in a combination with over 30 amino acids? As far back as 1959, the FDA approved Aloe Vera lotions for skin application. It’s antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties reduce the irritation and expedite the healing. If you have the plant at home, break off a leaf and let the gel trickle directly onto the bite.
Is prevention better than cure? Easier said than done! Especially in the case of these annoying little monsters. I’ll bet my bottom dollar; there isn’t a person on this planet who hasn’t been bitten by one. Knowing what natural remedies there are, in this case, is the best cure.