Insect bites and more importantly mosquito bites are nuance that is not preventable in summers, nothing is 100 percent foolproof. They prey on even the tiniest bit of exposed skin, How to treat insect bites naturally? arm yourself with some handy ways to ease the itching, pain and swelling use commonly available ingredients.
TREAT INSECT BITES NATURALLY
If you prefer to go the natural route to relieve the itching, swelling and pain, try some of the treatments listed below.
APPLY COCONUT OIL
One of the best remedy to treat insect bites and relieve itching, pain and swelling is to apply coconut oil. Prefer unrefined , cold pressed and extra virgin coconut oil to gain maximum relief.
Applying ice or frozen vegetables can give you temporary relief against itching and pain, while reducing inflammation
APPLY TEA TREE OIL
Essential oil of tea tree can be effective against insect bites due to its antibacterial and anti viral properties, it can also protect infection of the skin.
CURRY PLANT BERRIES
Juice of curry plant berries, mixed with equal proportion of lime-juice, is an effective fluid for external application in insect stings and bites of poisonous creatures. Curry plant berries are green when raw, but purple when ripe, use ripe berries.
Apply freshly crushed peppermint leaves or apply few drops of peppermint essential oil mixed in olive oil on the effected area to get a relief from itchiness
Honey can be applied directly to the insect bite to relief pain and itchiness
BREAD AND MILK POULTICE
If a mosquito bites apply a bread and milk poultices to it. Dip a small piece of bread in milk and apply it to the wound, wrap it with a gauze, the wound would be gone by morning.
Poultices are moist herbs applied to the skin. Could be fresh or stored. You can also make poultices with other materials like clay. There are cold , hot and warm poultices. Warm poultices is used to draw energy to an area.
BASIL LEAF OR ESSENTIAL OIL
The aromatic leaf naturally contains camphor and thymol, two compounds that can relieve itching. It’s easy to crush some up and apply it to bites, or buy the essential oil and dab onto the skin.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apply few drops of apple cider vinegar to heal itching and pain associated with insect bites
Plantain a common weed in yards and parks, can zap out pain, heat and swelling when its leaves are chewed and applied to a bite. Identify plantain by the five parallel veins that run the length of each leaf.
ALOE VERA GEL
Apply aloe vera gel from the freshly cut aloe vera plant to the bite to treat the burning sensation
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Apply few drops of lavender essential oil to treat the mosquito bites. It will reduce itching, pain and swelling.
APPLY ONION OR GARLIC
Applying a freshly cut slice of onion or a garlic paste to the bite can help relief the pain and itching of mosquito bite. It can also help take the sting out , just keep it on for 5 minutes and then wash it off with water once the burning sensation subsides.