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:
10 Bug Bite Home Remedies
- 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.
- Dampen a Tums™ or Rolaids™ tablet and rub it on an insect bite or sting.
- 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.
- Apply fresh crushed parsley directly to an insect bit to neutralize the poison and stop the pain.
- Apply a paste of table salt mixed with water to the bite.
- A fresh cut onion quickly applied to a sting will prevent swelling and redness, and will stop the pain.
- Regular toothpaste, when applied to an insect bite (especially fire ant bites) will immediately relieve itching.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the affected area to relieve itching.
- Apply a cold, used tea bag to the affected area to reduce swelling and redness.
- Soak a cotton ball in Witch Hazel and apply to the bug bite. Wait a few minutes and the itch is gone!
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.