Effective Remedies For Bug Bites
Written by: Brandi Monasco
It’s September and almost fall, but here in Texas it’s still near 100 degrees and will probably be just as hot for another month or so.
With the heat comes those nasty bugs and their bites, mosquitoes mainly. Mosquito bites are horrible, but in this area, you also have the bees, spiders and who knows what else. It’s pretty common to walk outside for 10 minutes and come back with mosquito bites covering your legs.
Any type of bug bite can leave you feeling itchy, swollen and even in pain. As long as you are not allergic to the type of bug that bit you or you are certain that it is not a poisonous spider, there are home remedies to help take the itch and swelling away!
Check out these tried and tested natural remedies for bug bites:
- Essential Oils. One of my favorite ways to relieve bug bites is with essential oils. My husband often has a bad reaction when he gets a few mosquito bites, so I learned to turn to my essential oils. Lavender and tea tree essential oils both have properties that can help alleviate the swelling, itching and pain that are caused by bug bites.You simply just dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and apply to the bite. It’s amazing how fast the bite will stop irritating you!
- Ice. Using ice on a bug bite numbs the nerves that cause the pain and itching, relieving you of both. Ice also aids in constricting your blood vessels and reduces your body’s natural release of histamine, which can lead to less itching.Apply ice to the bite or sting for 15 to 20 minutes at a time and do this once per hour for the first 6 hours. During the time that you are not using ice, be sure to keep a wet, cool cloth on the bite or sting for up to 6 hours.
- Honey. It might be a bit sticky, but honey contains an anti-inflammatory property that can not only alleviate the itching of the bite, but also the swelling. Honey also has an antibacterial property that helps protect the bite or sting from becoming infected. Just dab a little bit of raw honey right on to the bite or sting.
- Oatmeal. Oatmeal baths are amazing for those all-over-the body itches, which is a pretty common thing to have here in Texas, especially around sunset when the bugs are out at full force.
Simply adding a cup of oatmeal into a warm bath and soaking your entire body in the oatmeal bath can help reduce the itchiness. Just sit back and relax and let the oatmeal do its job.
Have you tried any of these remedies for bug bites before? Or do you have any favorites of your own? Please share with us in the comments below!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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