Have you ever been a victim of annoying and painful mosquito bites? I know virtually every one of you has. A simple mosquito bite can often result in an uncomfortable itch at the site.
This itch and the resultant swelling is a result of an anticoagulant that the mosquito injects into your blood to prevent it from clotting. As such, it is important that you are informed on natural ways to prevent the bite from worsening.
Herein are several natural treatments to relieve a mosquito bite itch.
1. GREEN TEA
This everyday item in your house is a great ingredient to relieve a mosquito bite itch and reduce swelling. Insert a green tea bag in very cold water and place it over the bite.
You should hold it at the site of the bite for 10 to 15 minutes. The chemical compounds in the green tea are effective against inflammation while the cold temperature helps to sooth the itch.
2. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar is particularly effective for relieving the pain from the mosquito bite. For this treatment, take a small cotton ball and soak it in apple cider vinegar. Then place it on the bite and hold it for not less than 10 minutes.
At this point, the pain will be considerably less. Additionally, you can use apple cider vinegar with white flour. Mix the two ingredients and stir to produce a fine paste.
Apply this paste to the site of the mosquito bite and leave it to dry. This will reduce the swelling and soothe the itch. You should then wash the paste off with some warm water.
I use apple cider vinegar not only for mosquito bites but for various ailments. It’s such a great home remedy to have at home. Choose an unpasteurized & organic apple cider vinegar. You want to keep the sediment that contains healthy vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It’s called the “mother” of vinegars. I usually buy Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar.
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One of the health benefits of honey is that it is a natural antiseptic. The compounds in honey have antibacterial properties that can prevent a mosquito bite from being infected.
Simply scoop a sizeable dab of honey and massage it over the bite. However, care should be taken when using honey as it can attract more insects. After applying the honey it is advisable to stay indoors to reduce your chances of getting more bites.
4. ALOE VERA
Aloe Vera is widely known to possess anti-inflammatory properties and many other benefits. This magical plant will greatly reduce the swelling from the mosquito bite.
To get the best out of Aloe Vera, it is recommended that you refrigerate it. You can then rub an exposed leaf over the mosquito bite. The cold helps further to reduce the itch and swelling.
It’s best to use fresh aloe vera, but you can also buy aloe vera gel to apply on the insect bite. If you’re looking for a high-quality aloe vera gel, Amara Organics makes a great one. The thick gel-like Aloe you usually find in stores is often loaded with chemicals; this one is not! You can buy it on Amazon here.
5. LEMON AND LIME
According to Globalhealingcenter.com, applying small amounts of lime juice or lemon juice directly over a mosquito bite helps relieve the itch (source).
You can also rub the peels of the fruits on the affected area. The citric acid from lemon and lime juice prevents the bite from becoming infected.
Basil is a tropical herb that can often be used as a mosquito repellant. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Basil is good for preventing infections to mosquito bites and reducing swelling.
Take one basil leaf and rub it onto the mosquito bite. The itching should stop in just a few minutes since Basil contains thymol and camphor, compounds that are natural itch relievers. You will also notice a considerable reduction in the swelling.
7. TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil is especially great for reducing the inflammation from mosquito bites.
Apply a small amount of tea tree essential oil over the affected area with your fingertips. Tea tree oil can be left to sit on the skin for as long as necessary.
Choose 100% pure, undiluted, tea tree essential oil. I recommend these brands (that you can buy online): Art Naturals or Pure Body Naturals. The tea tree oil from Pure Body Naturals contains 45% terpenin-4-ol distilled without any fillers or additives. Terpenin-4-ol is the major component responsible for antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
8. GENERIC ASPIRIN PILLS
Although aspirin is a pharmaceutical drug, using it to treat mosquito bites is all natural since it is non-invasive. For this treatment, crush some generic (those with no additives) aspirin pills in a cup then mix it with refrigerated water. Stir this mixture into a thick paste and rub it onto the bite.
Aspirin contains acetyl salicylic acid which is very effective against inflammation. Using aspirin will take the itch away almost immediately.
There are many other natural treatments to prevent itching from mosquito bites: baking soda, witch hazel, lavender essential oil, and so on. Many of these remedies are common household items.
Did you know that you can even use toothpaste on bites to stop them from itching?
And if you are wondering how long mosquito bites usually itch for, read this article!
You are welcome to share any other natural remedies for mosquito bites in the comments.
Always speak to your doctor for advice should you have any concerns, if you appear to have had a severe allergic reaction or if your bites are not healing.