5 Home Remedies For Mosquito Bites
Of course, you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you were one of the lucky ones who isn’t bothered by mosquito bites. But the good news is that there are plenty of highly effective natural remedies out there to help those who are – in fact, so many that if you’re suffering now, chances are you’ve got at least of few of these options right in your kitchen cabinet.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is famous for its ability to soothe a sunburn, but it can also help reduce inflammation, swelling and the itch of a mosquito bite. That’s because it’s a natural antiseptic agent, which simply means that it has the ability to relieve itchiness and swelling. It also helps reduce pain and speed healing too.
If you have your own plant at home, all you have to do is cut one of the leaves off and squeeze the gel onto any mosquito bites. You’ll need to reapply it every two to three hours until the itch subsides. If you don’t have a plant, you can usually find them for sale at most nurseries and home/garden stores or you could even buy already extracted Aloe vera gel.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is practically a cure-all, it’s good for so many things, including providing natural mosquito bite relief, thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to soothe and disinfect the area and may even help it to heal faster. You can spot treat a bite by dabbing a bit of undiluted apple cider vinegar on with a cotton ball. If you have a lot of bites across your body, a bath is the way to go. Add a few cups of apple cider vinegar to a tub filled with warm water. Soak for at least 15 minutes for the best results.
3. Baking Soda & Witch Hazel
Baking soda is a natural disinfectant which also helps to reduce inflammation, and as it contains mild alkaline compounds, it also helps to neutralize the pH balance of the skin, providing even more dramatic effects who it comes to natural mosquito bite relief. Witch hazel is a natural astringent, which means that it can draw out any excess fluid, further reducing any swelling. The combination of the two, made into a paste and applied to any bites, can bring fast relief. Allow the paste to sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing off.
4. Banana Peel
While it may sound strange, you might want to start saving those banana peels after you’re finished with the fruit inside, especially if you’re prone to mosquito bites. All you have to do is rub the soft inside of the peel over them. Thanks to minerals, vitamins, and acids in the peel, it will help take away the itch and soothe the pain.
Basil is a popular herb for cooking, especially in sauces and stews, but it can also help bring relief to that itch as it contains thymol and camphor, both of which have been found to get rid of the itch. You can use fresh basil leaves, pressing them over any bites, or basil essential oil. If you use the essential oil, dilute it with a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil first, and then apply for quick relief.
6. Raw Honey
Honey, if you get the right type, meaning not the stuff in the plastic-shaped bear bottle, but raw, organic honey, is an excellent natural remedy for mosquito bites. That’s because it offers both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which makes it a popular choice for a wide range of natural home remedies. All you have to do it dab a little raw honey on your bites and before you know it, sweet relief.
It may be simple, but it’s highly effective and you probably have some in your freezer right now. Apply ice or a frozen bag of veggies, for example, can halt itching in its tracks, numb the pain and reduce swelling. It works because the ice is actually able to numb the nerves that cause the itch as well as the pain. The chilly temperature also helps to slow the inflammatory response to further lessen pain and provide quick relief. Don’t apply ice directly, however, as it can seriously damage your skin. Instead, wrap ice in a dish towel, use an ice pack or a bag of frozen veggies and hold onto the affected areas for 10 to 15 minutes.