Mosquito bites may be common. But that doesn’t mean they’re no less annoying. In the hot summer days especially, the tiny little insects are all over the place, possibly carrying a host of diseases from the West Nile Virus to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
When a mosquito takes a “bite,” it leaves behind its saliva on your skin, making you itch. Without a mosquito repellent, you can be sure that they’ll go to town with you. Fortunately, you don’t really need to run to the pharmacy or the grocery to buy some mosquito repellent. You can easily make some from stuff you probably have lying around the kitchen already.
Here are 10 very efficient mosquito bite remedies to treat those itchy bites. They’re easy to make, readily available and most importantly, highly effective.
Vinegar has so many uses apart from the usual cooking and baking. The high levels of acidity in vinegar is what actually makes it quite effective in relieving the itchiness and pain commonly associated with mosquito bites.
To treat mosquito bites, dilute 1 or 2 cups of fresh vinegar in bath water and take a long, relaxing bath. Or you can also just dilute a spoonful of vinegar and directly apply it on the bites using a cotton swab.
Vinegar has a high pH level and will work its wonders in seconds!
Get some cotton swabs and start dabbing alcohol over your mosquito bites. It’s guaranteed to reduce the itchiness. For even better results, get some witch hazel and mix it with the alcohol. The two have strong antiseptic properties to disinfect the bites and stop them from getting infected.
3. Essential Oils
These oils usually have strong and stingy smells that lets them act as natural insect and mite repellants. On top of that, some of them have soothing properties and brings instant relief from itchy mosquito bites. Use chamomile, lavender or green tea for their soothing properties. Tea tree oil is beneficial for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It will make the swelling, itching and pain go away fast. Just make sure you dilute the oils before applying to the skin.
Honey is one of nature’s most magnificent creations. It’s awesome in getting rid of colds, for example. But it can also be used as an antiseptic and antibacterial treatment. Applied on mosquito bites, it stops them from being infected.
Basil has high contents of thymol and camphor. Rubbing a fresh basil leaf directly onto the mosquito bite will stop the itching and inflammation. The strong scent of basil leaves also help keeping future mosquitoes at bay. No basil leaves lying around? Basil essential oil can also do the trick.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is an excellent natural remedy for mosquito bites. Just apply some of its fresh gel over the bite and you’ll get instant relief from the swelling and the itching both.
Cheap and efficient, toothpaste is a good alternative remedy to mosquito bites. Applying some directly onto the bite relieves itching and shields it from bacteria. Tip: use peppermint flavored toothpaste to get a cooling effect, too.
Ice is an age-old remedy used to ease the bothersome itching caused by mosquito bites. Cold therapy woks by numbing the nerves that make the itching sensation possible. Therefore, getting an ice pack (never ice skin directly) over those pesky mosquito bites will temporarily alleviate the itchiness and the pain.
9. Baking Soda and Water
Mix baking soda with a few drops of water to create a thick paste. Apply this mixture over the mosquito bites. The itching and the swelling will soon subside. This is due to the fact that baking soda is a mild alkaline and can neutralize skin pH. The effect is reduced skin inflammation at the surface.
10. Green Tea Bags
Ah, green tea. You’re a solution to almost everything, really. In the case of mosquito bites, applying the tea bags directly onto the affected area lets the tea’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to go to work and ease swelling. It also helps speed up the healing process.