mosquito bite

Treat a Mosquito Bite Naturally

When summer rolls around we spend more time out doors and that makes mosquitos and other bugs a definite problem. Not only do they bite, but they can carry diseases such as West Nile virus or malaria.

Some people have no trouble handling a mosquito bite and after a few days the bite will disappear without any trouble. Others may have a serious reaction including hives, infection and in severe cases may suffer from anaphylactic shock.

How can I prevent a Mosquito Bite?

  • Stay indoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most prevalent.
  • Avoid thick shrubs and standing water
  • Frequently empty pet bowls, bird baths, etc. Mosquito’s lay their eggs in water that is not freshly changed on a regular basis.
  • Dress in light colored and loose fitting clothing.
  • Use an insect repellent. Cinnamon leaf oil, vanilla extract with olive oil, citronella oil, and catnip oil are all excellent repellants.
  • Eat lots of garlic! It will make you less appetizing.
  • Supplement with vitamin B1 to make yourself less appetizing.

What are the symptoms of a Mosquito Bite?

  • Swelling and redness at the site of the bite
  • Low grade fever
  • Swelling in the lymph nodes
  • Hives

How Do I Treat a Mosquito Bite?

  • Use an ice pack. While heat also helps to fight off the itching, when you step out of the shower or remove a heat pack it will cause a second histamine reaction that might actually make the itching worse.
  • Tea tree oil helps to combat itching and swelling and is antibacterial and antiviral so it helps to combat mosquito bite related illnesses too.
  • Don’t have tea tree oil? Lavender oil works just as well.
  • Use a cotton ball and wipe apple cider vinegar over a bite or use two to three cups of it in a bath for bites all over the body.
  • Honey helps to reduce the itching and is naturally antibacterial which means it helps fight off disease! Spread it over a bite and let set before rinsing off.
  • Tannin in tea bags helps to ease swelling by drawing out fluid. So make yourself a cup of tea and then use the lightly cooled tea bag against the bite.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the bite. It will help rebalance your pH and get ride of the soreness.
  • Mix baking soda and witch hazel into a paste for the best results.
  • Use crushed up fresh basil leaves or basil essential oil to relieve itching from a mosquito bite.
  • You can use lemon or orange juice to help combat a bite but be careful. Only use citrus remedies indoors as they can cause blisters on your skin when exposed to sunlight.
  • Mint, whether in a dab of toothpaste or crushed fresh from the plant, when applied to a bite provides a gentle cooling feeling that helps to get ride of pain and itch.
  • Skim milk and water applied with a clean rag will help to soothe and relieve itching.
  • Aloe vera is also great for treating itching and swelling. Plus it’s soothing so it will take any burn out of the bite as well.
  • Calendula helps to soothe and rejuvenate after a bite.
  • Chamomile helps to soothe, plus you can have it in a tea and use the tea bag against your skin!
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