Ah, mosquito bites. How my disdain for you will never cease. The itching and swelling brought on by these lovely little monsters can easily turn a relaxing summer’s day into pure torture. Pure. Torture. Despite countless layers of bug spray, there is always one lucky son-of-gun that is just out to get us! Go pick on someone your own size, mosquitos! Since the mosquitos probably won’t be reading that last message, let me provide you lovely readers with 7 DIY mosquito bite remedies to cure that mosquito bite hangover.
DIY Mosquito Bite Remedies:
AKA instant satisfaction. If you just can’t bare to look at that swollen, itchy bite 1 minute longer,
walk run to your nearest freezer. Apply an ice cold cube to the bite. The ice reduces swelling and numbs the pain. Most importantly, the ice significantly reduces that itching sensation caused by the release of histamines from the bite.
2. Witch Hazel
This summer essential is perfect for all types of summer hazards! The amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-itch attributes of witch hazel make it the perfect astringent for mosquito bites. Plus, the cooling effect will feel AMAZING. Dampen a face cloth with the witch hazel and apply the cloth to the bite for 10-15 minutes. I prefer to use face cloths rather than cotton balls or toilet paper because it lasts longer and makes for much easier for application.
If you don’t mind getting a little sticky, try applying a dab or two of raw honey to the bite. This will reduce inflammation as well as provide antibacterial properties. If you REALLY want to curb the itching apply a fresh bandaid over the honey. This will prevent you from itching and keep the sticky honey away from your clothes.
4.Tea Tree Oil
This magnificent oil works wonders in preventing the spread of bacteria while keeping itching and inflammation at bay. Add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer or apply directly to the bite. If you have sensitive skin, I’d recommend diluting the Tea Tree Oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil or coconut oil. For extra protection, try mixing Tea Tree Oil with Peppermint Oil or Lemongrass Oil to effectively repel the mosquitos.
5. Aloe Vera
Applying soothing aloe vera gel is one of my all-time favorite remedies. The cool gel provides instant relief from those pesky mosquito bites. Keep a bottle handy in the fridge for immediate, cool relief!
6. Baking Soda
This unlikely remedy is the perfect cure for mosquito bites. The alkalinity of the baking soda decreases the size of the bump while reducing the itch. Simply mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of water. Apply the mixture to the bump and reap the rewards!
When it comes to skincare, oatmeal is amazing! Treating mosquito bites with oatmeal is no different. By soaking in an oatmeal bath, you will soothe the itch and reduce redness and swelling. To make your own bath, simply grind a few cups of oats into a powder. Add the oatmeal powder to a warm bath and soak for as long as you’d like!
What are your favorite mosquito bites remedies? Comment below!
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