I really love summer and my kids would probably live outside this time of year if I let them; but mosquitoes bites and other pests...come on! My 4 year-old-niece recently told my sister-in-law that she really thought God should not have created mosquitoes. While I hate to doubt His infinite wisdom...I have to agree with her.
Here are a few remedies (that actually work) to help naturally relieve the sting and itch associated with insect bites.
- Always start by washing the area with a gentle non-toxic soap.
- Purchase a homeopathic by the name of Apis Mellifica. This is helpful for any type of allergic reaction whether to a bug bite or otherwise. Taking a few doses throughout the day will help your body systemically clear itself of the toxins of a bug bite and reduce swelling.
- Make a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water and slather it on the swollen bug bite area.
- Apply tea tree oil to the area or add the tea tree oil to your baking soda paste. Tea tree oil is also an excellent insect repellent as well as counter-irritant. Other great oils and ointments include cedar, calendula, and eucalyptus.
- Apple-cider vinegar diluted with water in a one to one ratio can reduce skin irritations from insect bites.
Here's hoping you can successfully avoid the pests out there this summer, but if not, stock up on some simple remedies to get rid of those pesky bug bites.