What’s one of the worst parts of summer that we can definitely all agree on? Mosquitos. Ugh. Worst. And, what’s worse than mosquitoes themselves? Well, the itch that comes with their bites, of course…I hate even thinking about it.
However, there are some pretty easy, homemade remedies that can soothe the irritation. Everyone should know at least one or two of these so you’re prepared when the time comes. Let’s check it out…
1. Essential oils.
Most people have these on hand and ones like tea tree, lavender, and coconut oil have properties that relieve itching, swelling, and pain so they work wonderfully for mosquito bites. As well they (particularly tea tree) is antibacterial so, on top of calming the itch, it’ll prevent infection as well.
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Something as simple as shocking the bite with cold can stop the itching. Ice naturally numbs the nerves that conduct itching/pain so you can block feeling both.
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Just a dab of honey can do the trick because it’s a natural antibiotic!
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Apply minced garlic to the affected area. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off.
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Apply directly to the bite and feel the minty freshness work to relieve the itch!
Rub the inside of a banana peel on the bit in order to alleviate itch and restore comfort.
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7. Baking soda.
Make a mix of baking soda and warm water, apply the paste to the bite, leave on for a few minutes and the then rinse clean.
Basil leaves a strongly made-up of chemicals like camphor (which creates a cooling feeling) that’s similar to menthol in toothpaste. Crush up some leaves and place them directly on the bite.
Crush Aspirin tablets and mix them into a paste with water. Apply them to the affected area.
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10. Apple cider vinegar.
This is like the elixir of life because it helps to cure all ailments! Anyways, the acidity in ACV will calm itching and the antibacterial qualities will get to work.
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11. Scotch tape.
This can remind you not to itch in the first place (which is when the itching is induced) and prevent you from breaking the skin (therefore risking infection).
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Something like gin or any other clear liquor will calm the itch and cool the spot.