Insect bites are a common yet annoying problem that comes with summer, and kids are particularly prone to developing rashes and allergies from insect bites. There are so many things to look forward to in the summer—warm weather, long days, backyard BBQs, and lots of sunshine but one of the less desirable features that comes along with warm nights on the patio is bug bites. These pesky, itchy, sometimes sore skin markings can vary depending on what bit you, but they’re all awful in their own way. While you’ll want to do your best to ward off these pests with mosquito repellents and bug zappers, bites can still happen despite your best efforts. But you don’t have to just grin and bear it as you scratch your skin raw.
We’ve all been bitten by insects some time or the other. While most of these bites are mere irritants, some can be very dangerous because of the toxicity. However, there are several effective home remedies for insect bites; hence there is no need to panic.
Causes of Insect Bites
o Disturbing bee hives or hornets nests provokes them to attack
o Wasps can also sting people if disturbed
o Stepping on or near an ant hill can cause them to react and bite
o Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and bite humans
Symptoms of Insect Bites
o Pain and itching in the bitten area
o Redness, accompanied by swelling
o Lumpy welts form around the affected area
o Burning sensation may be caused by certain insect bites
Top Remedies to cure Insect bite
Peppermint essential oil
This delectable essential oil doubles as a bug-bite soother. The cooling sensation it provides to the skin counteracts the burning, stinging, and itching. Plus, peppermint is both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, so it may help reduce infection, says David Friedman, ND, a doctor of naturopathy and a clinical nutritionist. Incidentally, peppermint can also prevent bug bites in the first place.
Aloe Vera Gel
o Take a thick leaf of Aloe Vera. Remove the prickly thorns on either side.
o Remove the skin on the rounded side of the leaf.
o Scrape off the colorless gel and put it in a small bowl.
o Mix two teaspoons of organic turmeric with the gel to make a paste.
o Apply the Aloe Vera gel and turmeric paste on the affected portions.
Aloe Vera has been revered as an excellent curative in folk medicine. It has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine to treat various skin afflictions. It helps restore the skin to its normal condition because of its natural antiseptic qualities.
Lavender essential oil
If you’ve ever taken a big whiff of lavender, you know instantly calming it can be. Well, it’s equally calming on your inflamed, irritated, bug-bitten skin. “Renowned for its ability to soothe inflammatory skin conditions—including minor burns, wounds, and acne—lavender essential oil can help reduce itching and inflammation within minutes of application,
Dab on some honey
Honey contains potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the skin and also protect against infections. Drizzling a couple drops of honey on the irritated skin can help provide relief.
Garlic is a magic herb that has some amazing medicinal properties. Garlic has strong antibiotic properties as well as antiparisitic properties as well. It helps contain the venom, if any that is injected into the bloodstream due to an insect bite. Garlic has been praised for its amazing antifungal properties that help keep the skin free of any blemishes caused by infections. Garlic is a great natural treatment for insect bites.
Apply tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is another well-known natural anti-inflammatory agent. In fact, it has been shown to act as a natural antihistamine and significantly reduce itching and inflammation. You can dab a little bit of tea tree oil directly on the insect bite using a cotton ball or swab.
o Take two teaspoons of common salt (sodium chloride).
o Powder the salt and sprinkle some water.
o Apply the salt paste/solution to the insect bite area.
o Alternatively, go for a dip in the sea if you live near a beach.
Common salt or sodium chloride is a natural disinfectant and an amazing antimicrobial and antifungal agent. Moreover, salt has a detoxifying effect as well, and helps neutralize the toxic effect of certain insect bites.
Applying salt soon after being bitten by an insect (after washing the bitten area) may result in a burning sensation; however that lasts only for a minute or so. After that, surprisingly, the salt has a soothing effect on the skin and helps reduce the itching and swelling as well. Common salt is one of the best natural home remedies for insect bites.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
o Take 2 to 3 teaspoons of undiluted apple cider vinegar (ACV)
o Mix the ACV in an equal quantity of water. Take a few balls of surgical cotton.
o Dip in the ACV-water mixture and apply on insect bite area.
o Repeat the process twice daily for 2 to 3 days.
Apple cider vinegar has been in use to treat several types of skin afflictions. The amazing anti-inflammatory properties of ACV help contain the inflammation and get relief from the itching and burning sensation caused by insect bites.
Moreover, apple cider vinegar is an excellent disinfectant and a good antimicrobial agent as well, hence it helps get rid of the toxicity caused by certain insect bites. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for insect bites.
Use chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is a widely used remedy for skin inflammation and irritation. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the body and relieve stress. You can apply cooled chamomile tea to the insect bite using a clean cotton cloth. Alternatively, you can apply a used chamomile tea bag to the area.