If you’re heading into the great outdoors this summer for some relaxation, fun or general activities, mosquitoes will be the bane of your existence under the setting sun. Spray yourself down all you want or light as many citronella candles as possible—somehow, those clever little blood-suckers will always risk death and find a way to get at you, leaving you mildly to moderately annoyed. However, the annoyance factor can increase in direct correlation with the number of mosquitoes attacking you, at best causing wild flailing of the limbs, and at worst ruining your day and leaving itchy red welts all over your arms, legs, or face. There has to be something that can be done about this, right?
- Welts, or Red Bumps where bitten
- Itchiness around bite area
- Annoyance/Irritation of mood
- Desire to kill as many mosquitoes as possible
While there are many different products available for deterrence, nothing is 100% effective. The good news though, is that there are remedies for bites readily available that are so remarkably simple and effective, you might just stop caring about those pesky bites altogether (probably not). But hey, whatever helps in maximizing your happiness under the sun is worth a shot, so try as many as you can on those annoying bites and see which one works best for you!
- Ice Cube Press
- Baking Soda Solution
- Lemon or Lime Juice
- Aloe Vera
- Tea Bag Press
- Toothpaste Rub
- Basil Rub
ICE CUBE PRESS
Ice can constrict blood vessels and decrease the amount of histamines released by the body’s immune system. It will help numb the bite area and control any swelling that may occur.
- Ice Cube(s)
- Ice Pack (If ice cubes are not available)
- Apply an ice cube (or anything very cold) to the bite
- Leave on bite for 10 minutes (or as long as you can tolerate the cold)
BAKING SODA SOLUTION
Baking Soda has alkalinity (the capacity to neutralize an acid) which will help to ease and reduce the itchiness, and reduce the inflammation of the bitten area.
- 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
- Half a glass of water
- Add a few drops of water to baking soda to create a paste
- Apply it directly onto a bite and allow to dry
- Rinse off dried paste
LEMON OR LIME JUICE
The juices from a Lemon or Lime contain natural anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties that can help stop the itch, and reduce the inflammation caused by a mosquito bite.
- A Lemon or Lime
- Slice a lemon or lime and rub one half on the bitten area up to 10 minutes
- Rinse with water and dry when finished
- Be sure to do this away from direct sunlight as the citric acids can burn your skin, so make sure to rinse off the juices before heading out!
ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe Vera is a good natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments from sunburns to mosquito bites. While you can always buy gel from any pharmacy, using the inner gel straight from the plant is the freshest and most affective method to use for quick relief.
- An Aloe Vera plant
- Break off one of the arms of the plant and use a knife to cut a vertical line down the middle
- open up the plant to expose the gel on the inside
- Rub the gel onto the affected area and leave on until dry
- You may reapply as often as desired
TEA BAG PRESS
The natural tannins within the Tea Leaves act as an astringent, which helps draw out the toxins out of the skin, resulting in reduced pain, inflammation, and itchiness.
- A Tea Bag
- Boiling Hot Water
- Steep a Tea Bag in boiling hot water for 10 minutes, and allow it to cool down
- Press and hold the Tea Bag on the bitten area until the itch has been reduced
- If you have access to Tea Tree Essential Oil, you can dab it on the bitten area for instant relief.
Toothpaste can work wonders to relieve the itching sensation from bites due to the cooling sensation from mint, methol or peppermint. Regular toothpaste is the best option for this method (Note: gel types are not suitable for this).
- A non-gel toothpaste
- Rub a glop on the bitten area and ensure it is fully covered with toothpaste
- Let it dry overnight, or if during the day, simply allow the paste to dry or leave on as long as desired
- Wash off in the morning with cold water and soap. The toothpaste will dry out the bite removing any itch and inflammation
Basil contains a high content of Thymol and Camphor, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce the swelling and itchiness caused by a mosquito bite.
- A Fresh Basil Leaf
- Alternatively, an ounce of Dried Basil Leaves and a cup of Hot Water
- If you have a Fresh Basil Leaf, rub a it on the bitten area
- If you have an ounce of Dried Basil Leaves, crush them and then add a cup of hot water to let it steep until it’s a cool temperature, and apply the mixture on the bitten area
- If you have access to Basil Essential Oil, you can dab it on the bitten area for instant relief
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions, or if you would like to share your thoughts and feedback about any of these Mosquito Bite Remedies.
Thanks for reading and feel better soon!