Once you’ve been bitten, the objective changes from repelling to treating the itch and inflammation caused by the bite. Fortunately, many herbs and other natural agents are soothing to the skin, and many have anti-inflammatory properties. Here are some simple home remedies for minimizing a sting’s pain quickly and easily. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs of a more severe reaction so that medical help can be sought immediately if necessary.
|Activated Charcoal: this can help draw out toxins that cause inflammation, swelling, and itching. To make a paste, open up 2 to 3 capsules of charcoal, mix with enough water to make a paste, and apply to the affected area. After 30 minutes, wipe the paste off with a wet cloth.||Baking Soda: one of the components of bee venom is formic acid. To neutralize the acid, apply a paste of alkaline baking soda to the sting. If you’re on vacation and don’t have access to baking soda, try toothpaste instead.||Salt Paste: take finely ground salt and mix with a small amount of water until you have a thick paste. Apply this salt paste directly to bite. The important thing is to make sure it’s finely ground.|
|Soap: some kitchen cures are right under your nose — take plain old bar soap, for instance. Besides keeping you squeaky clean, soap helps relieve the bite of the ubiquitous mosquito. Wet the skin and gently rub on soap. Rinse well. Be sure to use only nondeodorized, nonperfumed soap. Fancy, smelly soaps may irritate the bite area.||Toothpaste: for quick relief from mosquito bites, try applying a small amount of all-natural peppermint or neem-based toothpaste. Allow the paste to dry and leave for as long as desired.||Vinegar: no matter whether it’s the white or the apple cider variety, vinegar turns insect sting pain into a thing of the past. Pour it on the affected site, or mix it with baking soda to make a paste that you can apply to the bitten area. Out of vinegar? Try applying straight lemon juice instead.|
|Aloe vera: it contains over 130 active compounds and 34 amino acids that are beneficial to your skin. Not only will it help ease the itching and swelling from the bit, but it will also aid in healing the wound.||Basil contains camphor and thymol, two compounds that can relieve itching. Either crush up some fresh herb and apply directly to the bite, or buy the essential oil.||Calendula contains soothing properties that will aid in healing most bug bites. It also has a myriad of other uses and is an excellent addition to any natural first aid kit.|
|Chamomile: the most soothing herb of all, whether used in a tea or applied to the skin. It is rich in the bioflavonoids apigenin, luteolin and quercetin.||Cinnamon: in addition to possibly repelling mosquitoes, cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal properties.||Cucumbers are helpful for reducing swelling.|
|Garlic is very good to reduce the itching and swelling form bug bites. Slice a garlic clove and rub the affected area with the juicy side.||Lavender: one of the most popular essential oils for its calming scent, lavender is as antimicrobial as it is soothing.||Lemon and Lime both have anti-itch, antibacterial and antimicrobial actions. Avoid applying citrus juices to your skin when outdoors however, as blistering can occur when exposed to sunlight.|
|Neem Oil: effective against fungal conditions, boils, eczema, and ringworm, and it would undoubtedly help an insect bite as well.||Peppermint is the cooling sensation can block other sensations, such as itching, providing temporary relief. Either the essential oil or crushed fresh leaves will do.||Raw Organic Honey: simply, take a small amount of honey and apply directly to the bite. Honey also has anti-microbial properties that can help prevent infection. I would personally recommend using local raw honey.|
|Tea Tree Oil: helpful for healing cuts, burns, infections and a multitude of other skin afflictions. It is also a good antimicrobial, including fungal infections.||Plantain has the ability to inhibit and reduce swelling as well as soothe pain. Keep the plantain in place by taping with a band-aid or wrapping with gauze or a bandage.||Yellow Onion: for a small sting or bite, slice an onion and rub the juicy side over the affected area. For a more serious or painful bite, tape a piece of onion over the area and leave (can stay on for a few hours).Onion can reduce the pain and swelling of bites and stings from insects such as wasps, bees, ants, spiders, and mosquitoes.|