Bug Bites? These 9 Home Remedies Can Help:

Bug Bites? These 9 Home Remedies Can Help:

Baking soda being used to relieve itching from rashes.

Warmer weather is here, and so are all of the little annoyances associated with it, like bug bites. Are your arms and legs covered with unsightly welts?  Good news: relief can be as close as your own front yard, or even your spice rack. Many herbs, including some we consider to be “weeds,” have medicinal properties that can help take the “sting” out of bug bites. Here are just a few:

9 Bug Bite Home Remedies

  1. Mix a dilution of 5 percent tea tree oil with aloe vera gel. This mixture will soothe bug bites and rashes, and will also help prevent infection.
  2. Dampen a Tums™ or Rolaids™ tablet and rub it on an insect bite or sting.
  3. Rub a paste made from commercial meat tenderizer and a little bit of water on a bite. This neutralizes the poison in just a few minutes.
  4. Apply fresh crushed parsley directly to an insect bit to neutralize the poison and stop the pain.
  5. Apply a paste of table salt mixed with water to the bite.
  6. A fresh cut onion quickly applied to a sting will prevent swelling and redness, and will stop the pain.
  7. Regular toothpaste, when applied to an insect bite (especially fire ant bites) will immediately relieve itching.
  8. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the affected area to relieve itching.
  9. Apply a cold, used tea bag to the affected area to reduce swelling and redness.

Prevention is Key!

Aside from using a natural mosquito repellent, foregoing perfumes, colognes, and other scented products will help keep you from being an attractive meal to bugs.

Knowing when your body is most vulnerable is also a plus. Carbon dioxide attracts mosquitoes and black flies, as does moisture, including perspiration. That means mosquitoes may find you extra-tasty when you are hot or have been exercising.

by Farmers’ Almanac Staff


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s